our churches must give up the superstitious belief that techniques can offer solutions to the intractable problems of being Church in a non-Christian society.
— Marva Dawn, A Royal “Waste” of Time, 102
It may be argued that a person’s love of God increases in proportion to his knowledge of God. If this is true, why does an increase in knowledge in a saint make his love appear to be less? I answer that it is not just simply a question of increase in knowledge or the sight of God. For the more the vision of God grows in a saint, the more he is convinced there is much more to see. What is seen is indeed wonderful, but it brings a strong conviction of something that is vastly beyond.
— Jonathan Edwards, Religions Affections, 132-133
I consider myself as the most wretched of men, full of sores and corruption, and who has committed all sorts of crimes against his King; touched with a sensible regret, I confess to him all my wickedness, I ask His forgiveness, I abandon myself in His hands that He may do what he pleases with me. The King, full of mercy and goodness, very far from chastising me, embraces me with love, makes me eat at His table, serves me with His own hands, gives me the key of His treasures; He converses and delights Himself with me incessantly,
— Lawrence, Brother (2011-03-24). The Practice of the Presence of God the Best Rule of a Holy Life (p. 11). . Kindle Edition.
What we must note instead is the way churches are failing to enfold worship participants in the sense that their identity can be found best if God is the focus of their existence. Against all the pressures in our culture - in advertisements, status, position, power, or whatever else - to find ourselves, the most beautiful identity imaginable is that of the baptized child of God.
— Marva Dawn, A Royal Waste of Time, 24
The beginning and the end of all Christian leadership is to give your life for others.
— Henri Nouwen, the Wounded Healer, 77
(Worship’s) purpose is not to gain numbers nor for our churches to be seen as successful. Rather, the entire reason for our worship is that God deserves it. Moreover, it isn’t even useful for earning points with God, for what we do in worship won’t change one whit how God feels about us. We will always still be helpless sinners caught in our endless inability to be what we should be or to make ourselves better - and God will always still be merciful, compassionate, and gracious, abounding in steadfast love and ready to forgive us as we come to him.
— Marva Dawn, A Royal Waste of Time, 1