Top 20 Quotes from Q 2014

Top 20 Quotes from Q 2014

I went to the first two Q conferences eight years ago and haven’t been able to make it back since. My third one was long overdue and was another great experience. Q is a unique conference in that it targets the church and culture and looks for ways to bring them together.

Here are my twenty favorite quotes from the event (or at least my best effort to capture what they said). Click here to see other posts I’ve done featuring my top 20 quotes.

Andy Crouch

  • The test of the common good is the flourishing of the vulnerable.
  • If you care about the flourishing of the vulnerable you will care about religious freedom.
  • If we don’t learn how to properly accommodate others we will end up with a false pluralism.

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Little Things Matter

Little Things Matter

In a world of choices, the little things matter. It used to be that someone may not know the difference of the little things from one place to another. In our social media world everything is out in the open.

I’m not sure why my fast food experiences spur on so many blog ideas for me, but since I’ve already written about McDonald’s and Burger King, here’s a post about two more.

I don’t often eat at Whataburger, but my last experience stood out to me. My normal drive through routine is to ask for a packet of barbecue and ranch. Normally they silently grab a few and toss them in my bag. If you’re a regular at Whataburger, you know that’s not the case. I was told that I’d have to pay extra for each condiment I wanted.

Seriously?

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Embrace the End to Get the New

Embrace the End to Get the New

This weekend we had seventeen incredible Easter services at Central. It was extra special for our church since we were finishing a two and a half year series through the Gospel of Luke. Our creative element played with a stamp that said either “end,” or “new,” depending on which way you turned it. The point was that the end of the life of Christ offers us a new life in response.

I’ve continued to think about this idea. The hard reality is that we seldom like endings. They are painful and usually involve us admitting defeat or some sort of failure. For anyone trying to create something new or take a risk, endings are a part of the process. As Seth Godin says,

“If failure is not an option than neither is success.”

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The Heart of Every Conflict

Such side taking is a very human thing to do. It allows us to pretend that the problem is the other and to avoid facing the truth dwelling somewhere near the heart of every conflict: that under every balance of injustice, humanity itself is the problem. And this is the reason that so few of us, despite our words to the contrary, actually want to save the world. We usually just want our side, whatever it may be, to win.

Tyler Wigg-Stevenson
5 Reasons I Disliked Noah (And They’re Not What You Think)

5 Reasons I Disliked Noah (And They’re Not What You Think)

It doesn’t take long to feel overwhelmed by all of the talk about a semi-Christian movie like Noah. This one is especially ripe for controversy with an atheist director. Like my friend Jason argues, I have no issue with the film from a Christian point of view. Is it Biblically accurate? Mostly. But people watch this to be entertained, not to learn inspired theology. If you’re looking for theology read the Bible. I disliked the movie Noah because of the movie itself, not any connection or lack thereof to the Bible.

Here are five reasons why (without spoilers):

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Thorns of Truth

Seeing the truth demands seeing past the crowd.

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” Mark Twain

“It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone.” Hans F. Hansen

“Truths and roses have thorns about them.” Henry David Thoreau