“If you want a kind 16-year-old, then teach a six-year-old kindness, and then give them 10 years to practice.”
“As someone who felt that he buried his talents for a long time, I now go out of my way to help other people grab a shovel.”
We’re very intentional about being welcoming and friendly. I tell people on Sunday mornings at the end of the services, “If you’re our guest, I’d like to meet you.” And so I go to the hospitality room and meet people every week.
“Fewer people treat the Word of God as inerrant. They see it as viewpoint, which means we have to do a better job of teaching the Word of God as truth.”—Randy Bezet
“It’s been a time of such division. The church started getting angry at the world, and the world angry at the church, and then the church at the church.”—Rick Bezet
Having not experienced hurt or loss or pain or suffering is not a cause for guilt and shame at all. It’s a cause for thanksgiving.
If I understand faith as something I get, then it’s a matter of how I use it. But if I understand that God has me, then the matter becomes how God chooses to use me, not how I choose to use God.
“God repurposed my experiences for his work in an urban context.”
“We have to hone in on some of these disciplines that can be helpful to engage people, advance the kingdom and multiply churches.”
“Our sanctuaries reflect our dinner tables. So if you want a diverse sanctuary, then you have to have hundreds of diverse dinner tables.”