Thinking Out Loud

December 4, 2015

From the Twitterverse

Filed under: Christianity, quotations — Tags: — paulthinkingoutloud @ 6:20 am

This is for those of you who read the blog, but don’t do the Twitter thing. We’ll start with one from last night where I was feeling particularly whimsical:


Acts 17:6b ESV “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also.”

Do the people in Beijing know that cities in the rest of the world aren’t shrouded in pollution-caused smog as their city is?

The mark of community — true Biblical unity — is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of a reconciling spirit. (Bill Hybels)

In many Christian organizations and churches, people who are part of the inner circle don’t realize they are part of an inner circle.

Stand out from among the crowd: If everyone else is being told not to do their resumé in Comic Sans font, You be the one who bucks the trend.

My condensation of Kyle Idleman’s take on Luke 9:23 in the book Not a Fan. (Book review + DVD curriculum review.)

Luke 9-23

Don’t tell God how big your storm is, Tell the storm how big your God is.

My wife told me today that if she had only 5 minutes to live, she would pour a glass of wine and write out all her passwords for the kids.

One of the biggest problems in the local church is that we don’t really know each other; we have superficial task-based relationships… While “Let’s get together sometime” isn’t very specific, it works if you hear it as, “I’d really like to get to know you better.”

My son just told me I’m the only one he knows who has a form of high blood pressure which is contagious.

Jesus knows me, this I love. Jesus Knows Me This I Love

Actual plot of an Amish fiction book: “Enos Erb, an Amish man, claims that his brother, Benny – a dwarf like himself – has been murdered.”

Every major youth ministry event or program where we live in the past 30 years was either named Chaos, Riot or Bedlam.

Tim Keller: “Major religions are mostly geographically bound to their homeland except Christianity which exhibits much more cultural diversity.”

Zach Hunt: “Time to go ahead and tear down the Statue of Liberty. Poor tired huddled masses are officially no longer welcome here.”

Control freaks are so invested in shaping other people that they rarely have time for personal development or growth.

Because of music downloading, we’re raising a whole generation of teens who don’t know how to get the shrink-wrap off a CD case.

That moment where you need to refer someone for counsel and conversation and realize your go-to resources are fewer than you thought.

You know things have gone too far when someone isn’t happy with Xmas and wants to change it to Ecksmas.

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale
Tale of a fateful trip
That started from a land-locked port
Aboard a big, big ship

[all that just to lead up to this link]

“Right now the Muslim community needs a Gandhi, or a Martin Luther King; only change from within the community will fix this.” ~My wife.

Does your pastor “unpack” a scripture passage, or does he “break it down?”

Much hinges on this, I think.

In German, the title of Sarah Young’s book Jesus Calling translates into English as “I’m With You.”

Anne Lamott: “Everything takes so long — healing, wisdom, writing, relationships, gardens, forgiveness — everything except your kids and grandkids growing up.”

“If I believe Gospel-telling requires particular vocabulary or it’s not Gospel, I’ll be stiflingly uncreative in my ability to talk about it.” – Abraham Piper, at the original 22 Words blog, in December of 2008.  …His very first post ever: “I’d like to be an interior designer and plan restaurants without a single bad place to sit. It shouldn’t be that hard.”

…and that’s just part of what fell out of my brain in the last four weeks; there’s more, pictures, and links at @PaulW1lk1nson and you don’t have to be “on” Twitter to drop by.



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