Top 10 Brennan Manning Quotes

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Brennan Manning passed away last Friday at the age of 79. I only found out this morning and I’ve been thinking of him all day. I never met Brennan Manning and I never heard him preach. Yet I would count myself as one of the millions who have been touched by his life. Why? I've read The Ragamuffin Gospel, of course. Chances are, you have too. I’ve also read some of his other books but for me Ragamuffin Gospel takes the cake. I consider it one of the grace standards. (You can read my review of it here.) This week many who knew Brennan better than I did are writing obits better than I … [Read more...]

Top 20 C.S. Lewis Quotes

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When people ask me to name my favorite author, like many others I respond with the name of C.S. Lewis. Since I first heard The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe as a boy, I have been a fan. I have a bookshelf of his books. If he wrote it, I’ve read it. And you’ve probably read it too. Is it too much of a stretch to say that Lewis was the most influential Christian writer of the 20th century? Many Christian books are peppered with his quotes. Artists and movie-makers are inspired by his fiction. Just yesterday I came across a musician who has named every song on his latest album after the … [Read more...]

Top 12 Quotes on Grace

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What is the one thing that separates Christianity from every other religion in the world? It is grace – that divine and undeserved favor of God that elevates the lowly and loves the unlovely. Grace is the good news that a sick and dying world needs to hear. Grace is what God’s love looks like from our side. Grace is love come down. I am addicted to grace. I can honestly say I would rather not live if I can’t have it and I would be dead without it. It is God's grace that has brought me (and you) safe thus far and grace will lead us all the way home. I collect quotes on grace. Here … [Read more...]

Top 12 Bill Johnson Quotes from Manifest Presence 2011

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Bill Johnson must be one of the most quotable preachers on the planet. He’s a regular wordsmith and full of wisdom. If you’ve heard him speak you’ll know he’s funny and profound and never condemning. He paints word-pictures of heaven-on-earth and he tells good stories about the goodness of a good God. People regularly get healed as a result of his message. In one meeting last week, about a 100 people indicated that they were healed where they stood. How did this happen? Bill Johnson simply revealed a good Father, had a few words of knowledge about various afflictions, then activated the … [Read more...]

Wommackisms – Top 20 Andrew Wommack Quotes

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If you’ve ever heard Andrew Wommack speak, you will know that he is one unique hombre. I’m not just referring to his theology – there’s a growing number of people preaching pure grace these days. I’m referring to the way he speaks. I say this with the utmost respect, but Wommack has mastered the art of sounding like a country hick. And before you write in to complain, let me say that’s his word not mine: “God chose the foolish things of the world to confound the wise… because people who are foolish… trust in God the most… God often uses country hicks to preach the Gospel for that very … [Read more...]

Grace vs Law: Top 12 Watchman Nee Quotes

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I've been told that there is a some division among Chinese Christians over Joseph Prince, the Singaporean pastor of New Creation Church. Some think he’s a wonderful preacher of grace, while others think he’s a licentious heretic. We ought not to be surprised by this division. Truth is divisive. As Jesus said, truth divides even those from with the same family (Lk 12:52). If you’ve been following this blog, you will know that I am a big fan of Joseph Prince’s message. He preaches radical grace, which is the only kind of grace there is. Yet I can understand how the message of grace appears … [Read more...]

Malcolm Smith on the Love of God

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Have you ever wondered what Acts 10:44 means when it says, “the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the word”? The Greek word, which is here translated, fell on, means to embrace fervently. To say the Holy Spirit fell on those who heard, is to say that He passionately embraced them. Do you know what it’s like to be hugged by God? If that’s hard to imagine, think of how the father greeted the prodigal son. Luke uses the same word in Acts 10 as he does when telling the story of the prodigal’s return: “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father … [Read more...]

“None but Jesus!” Spurgeon on Grace

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I’ve been reading a book about Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), the Prince of Preachers. Spurgeon was saved at 15 and started preaching when he was 19 years old. By the time he died, at age 57, he had preached 3,600 sermons to around 10 million people and was England’s most popular preacher. Spurgeon preached to as many as 10,000 people at a time, and did so without the aid of a microphone. He battled with depression, never gave altar calls, and sold his published sermons for a penny. He pastored the world’s first megachurch, the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London. He helped Hudson … [Read more...]

Top 12 J.R.R. Tolkien Quotes

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Today is the anniversary of the death of J.R.R. Tolkien, one of the 20th century’s greatest writers. Tolkien was born on 3 January 1892 and died 2 September 1973. Can you recall the first time you ever encountered Tolkien? My first memory of anything to do with Tolkien was in the school library where an otherwise shy class mate was presenting his book report on The Hobbit. We could hardly make any sense out of his excited babbling. Apparently the book had something to do with dwarves and dragons and a mountain of treasure, but it was hard to tell. Some time later I would find delight in … [Read more...]

Bill Johnson on the Goodness of God

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One of the most thrilling messages I’ve ever heard was preached just a few nights ago. In the middle of the Manifest Presence conference, Bill Johnson preached on the goodness of God. He started with this scripture: “The law and the prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it.” (Luke 16:16) What did Jesus reveal that the law and the prophets could not reveal? He revealed the Father. The good news of the kingdom satisfies the universal ache for a good Father. Do you know that our heavenly … [Read more...]

Top 20 Bill Johnson Quotes from Manifest Presence 2010

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It’s the morning after Manifest Presence 2010. Bill Johnson preached again last night and it was really something. I have never seen anything like it. I know some of you will be reading this because you want some kind of conference review. I’m not going to give you one because I don’t want to diminish with my clumsy words what was a truly profound encounter with God and his man. All I can say is that Bill Johnson really loves Jesus and he feels deeply the Father’s compassion for an orphaned planet. I will tell you that many people were healed and all of us were touched by God’s goodness. If … [Read more...]

Joseph Prince: Preacher of Grace

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So the Americans have finally discovered Joseph Prince. A few weeks ago Charisma magazine published an interesting article on the Singaporean preacher entitled “Prince of Grace.” The article describes the growing impact of Prince’s grace preaching, particularly in the US television market. I don’t live there, but I imagine Prince stands out from the crowd of TV preachers. (Any Americans reading this? What do you think?) He’s apolitical, never asks for money, and preaches nothing but the grace of God revealed in Christ alone. In the Charisma article, Prince recounts a life-changing … [Read more...]