Work is not all there is to life. You will not have a meaningful life without work, but you cannot say that your work is the meaning of life. If you make any work the purpose of your life - even if that work is church ministry - you create an idol that rivals God.
— Tim Keller, Every Good Endeavor, 40
Our work can be a calling only if it is reimagined as a mission of service to something beyond merely our own interests.
— Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor, 19
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.