N. T. Wright

#916785 N. T. Wright

One of the things I find depressing about some of the upper echelons of Anglicanism on both sides of the Atlantic is that its sort of taken for granted that we all basically know whats in the Bible, and so we just glance at a few verses for devotional purposes and then get on to the real business. .

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#916786 N. T. Wright

You cant reconcile being pro-life on abortion and pro-death on the death penalty. .

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#916787 N. T. Wright

The whole point of the kingdom of God is Jesus has come to bear witness to the true truth, which is nonviolent. When God wants to take charge of the world, he doesnt send in the tanks. He sends in the poor and the meek. .

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#916788 N. T. Wright

Love is not just tolerance. Its not just distant appreciation. Its a warm sense of, I am enjoying the fact that you are you. .

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#916789 N. T. Wright

Heard in full sound, the Gospels tell about the establishment of a theocracy, and portray what theocracy looks like with Jesus as king. .

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#2756672 N. T. Wright

The whole point of the kingdom of God is Jesus has come to bear witness to the true truth, which is nonviolent. When God wants to take charge of the world, he doesnt send in the tanks. He sends in the poor and the meek. .

N. T. Wright Quotes about truth
#2756673 N. T. Wright

Love is not just tolerance. Its not just distant appreciation. Its a warm sense of, I am enjoying the fact that you are you. .

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#2756674 N. T. Wright

One of the things I find depressing about some of the upper echelons of Anglicanism on both sides of the Atlantic is that its sort of taken for granted that we all basically know whats in the Bible, and so we just glance at a few verses for devotional purposes and then get on to the real business. .

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#2756675 N. T. Wright

The imminent demise of the church has been predicted since the middle of the 18th century. This is the regular secular mantra if churchgoing declines. I could take you to plenty of churches that are full to bursting and new churches being built. .

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#2756676 N. T. Wright

Heard in full sound, the Gospels tell about the establishment of a theocracy, and portray what theocracy looks like with Jesus as king. .

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#2756677 N. T. Wright

The Bible is the book of my life. Its the book I live with, the book I live by, the book I want to die by. .

N. T. Wright Quotes about life
#2756678 N. T. Wright

Im not a universalist, and the way I talk about final loss is this: People worship idols - money, whatever. Their humanness gets reshaped around the idol - you become like what you worship. Thats one of the basic spiritual laws. .

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#2756679 N. T. Wright

Almost all the early Christian Fathers were opposed to the death penalty, even though it was of course standard practice across the ancient world. .

N. T. Wright Quotes about death
#2756680 N. T. Wright

You cant reconcile being pro-life on abortion and pro-death on the death penalty. .

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#2756681 N. T. Wright

Western Christians have imagined that, at the end of the day, God is going to throw the present space-time universe into a trashcan and well be sitting on clouds playing harps. The ultimate future that were promised is much more interesting than that. Its new heavens and a new Earth with new bodies to live in. .

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#2756682 N. T. Wright

Far too many people, especially within evangelicalism, think that the individual is all that matters, and that the corporate dimension is a distraction or diversion. Of course Christianity is deeply personal for every single Christian; nobody gets lost in the kingdom of God. But you cant play that off against the corporate dimension. .

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#2756683 N. T. Wright

The question of Heaven, the question of what happens after death, is one which a lot of people in our culture try to put off as long as they can, but sooner or later it suddenly swings round and looks them in the eye. .

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#2756684 N. T. Wright

People have been told so often that resurrection is just a metaphor, and means Jesus died and was glorified - in other words, he went to Heaven, whatever that means. And theyve never realized that the word resurrection simply didnt mean that. .

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#2756685 N. T. Wright

I didnt write much until I turned 40. Up until then I felt constrained by a sense of the discipline of New Testament studies and a sense of the ruling elite in theology and biblical studies. .

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#2756686 N. T. Wright

While some who downplay Christs divinity have imagined Jesus as a great social worker being kind to old ladies, small dogs and little children, orthodox Christianity has not wanted Jesus to have a political message. .

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#2756687 N. T. Wright

Most of the things that really matter require faith. How do I know that my wife loves me? How do I know that Mozarts Jupiter Symphony is sublime and beautiful? There are all sorts of things which come at a more lowly level than that - How do I know that two plus two equals four? There are different layers, different types of knowing. .

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#2756688 N. T. Wright

To get overprotective about particular readings of the Bible is always in danger of idolatry. .

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#2756689 N. T. Wright

I think future generations will say the late 20th century and the early 21st century was a time of great convulsions and upheavals. .

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#2756690 N. T. Wright

A conservative believer must be someone who believes that Jesus was truly human as well as truly divine. .

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#2756691 N. T. Wright

Within orthodoxy, there is always a danger of faith collapsing into fear. .

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#2756692 N. T. Wright

I work in a very tough area of Britain. There is not much hope sociologically where I live and work, theyre all sorts of conditions of poverty and deprivation and so on, I really do believe that the message of the kingdom of God is for places like this. .

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#2756693 N. T. Wright

Its very easy for a church just to slide along from week to week, taking it for granted that we do our services like this and that, and we celebrate the sacraments like this and that. .

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#2756694 N. T. Wright

Of course there are people who think of heaven as a kind of pie-in-the-sky dream of an afterlife to make the thought of dying less awful. No doubt thats a problem as old as the human race. .

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#2756695 N. T. Wright

From where many of us in the U.K. sit, American politics is hopelessly polarized. All kinds of issues get bundled up into two great heaps. The rest of the world, today and across the centuries, simply doesnt see things in this horribly oversimplified way. .

N. T. Wright Quotes about hope
#2756696 N. T. Wright

Jesus doesnt give an explanation for the pain and sorrow of the world. He comes where the pain is most acute and takes it upon himself. Jesus doesnt explain why there is suffering, illness, and death in the world. He brings healing and hope. He doesnt allow the problem of evil to be the subject of a seminar. He allows evil to do its worst to him. He exhausts it, drains its power, and emerges with new life. .

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#2756698 N. T. Wright

If you want to know who God is, look at Jesus. If you want to know what it means to be human, look at Jesus. If you want to know what love is, look at Jesus. If you want to know what grief is, look at Jesus. And go on looking until you’re not just a spectator, but you’re actually part of the drama which has him as the central character. .

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#2756699 N. T. Wright

Our culture is so fixated on dying and going to heaven when the whole Scripture is about heaven coming to earth. .

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#2756700 N. T. Wright

Logic cannot comprehend love; so much the worse for logic. .

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#2756701 N. T. Wright

The closer you get to the truth, the clearer becomes the beauty, and the more you will find worship welling up within you. Thats why theology and worship belong together. .

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#2756702 N. T. Wright

Our task as image-bearing, God-loving, Christ-shaped, Spirit-filled Christians, following Christ and shaping our world, is to announce redemption to a world that has discovered its fallenness, to announce healing to a world that has discovered its brokenness, to proclaim love and trust to a world that knows only exploitation, fear and suspicion... .

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#2756703 N. T. Wright

Jesuss resurrection is the beginning of Gods new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lords Prayer is about. .

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#2756704 N. T. Wright

Art at its best draws attention not only to the way things are but also to the way things will be, when the earth is filled with the knowledge of G-D as the waters cover the sea. That remains a surprising hope, and perhaps it will be the artists who are best at conveying both the hope and the surprise. .

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#2756705 N. T. Wright

You become like what you worship .

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#2756706 N. T. Wright

People often get upset when you teach them what is in the Bible rather than what they presume is in the Bible. .

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#2756707 N. T. Wright

When we begin to glimpse the reality of God, the natural reaction is to worship him. Not to have that reaction is a fairly sure sign that we havent yet really understood who he is or what hes done. .

N. T. Wright Quotes about god
#2756708 N. T. Wright

God is the one who satisfies the passion for justice, the longing for spirituality, the hunger for relationship, the yearning for beauty. And God, the true God, is the God we see in Jesus of Nazareth, Israels Messiah, the worlds true Lord. .

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#2756709 N. T. Wright

Gods plan is not to abandon this world, the world which he said was very good. Rather, he intends to remake it. And when he does he will raise all his people to new bodily life to live in it. That is the promise of the Christian gospel. .

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#2756710 N. T. Wright

Hope, for the Christian, is not wishful thinking or mere blind optimism. It is a mode of knowing, a mode within which new things are possible, options are not shut down, new creation can happen. .

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#2756711 N. T. Wright

The church exists primarily for two closely correlated purposes: to worship God and to work for his kingdom in the world ... The church also exists for a third purpose, which serves the other two: to encourage one another, to build one another up in faith, to pray with and for one another, to learn from one another and teach one another, and to set one another examples to follow, challenges to take up, and urgent tasks to perform. This is all part of what is known loosely as fellowship. .

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#2756712 N. T. Wright

If you read 1 John youll see that love of God and neighbour are very closely tied together. Partly this is because all humans are made in Gods image, so that when you love another human you are loving someone who is reflecting God himself. Of course there is a distinction but the minute you try to drive a wedge between the two things start to fall apart. .

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#2756713 N. T. Wright

The point of justice and mercy anyway is not ‘they deserve it’ but ‘this is the way God’s world should be’, and we are called to do those things that truly anticipate the way God’s world WILL be. .

N. T. Wright Quotes about god
#2756714 N. T. Wright

The rule of love, I say again, is not an optional extra. It is the very essence of what we [Christians] are about .

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#2756715 N. T. Wright

Those in whom the Spirit comes to live are Gods new Temple. They are, individually and corporately, places where heaven and earth meet. .

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#2756716 N. T. Wright

True worship doesnt put on a show or make a fuss; true worship isnt forced, isnt half-hearted, doesnt keep looking at its watch, doesnt worry what the person in the next pew is doing. True worship is open to God, adoring God, waiting for God, trusting God even in the dark. .

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#2756717 N. T. Wright

The cross is the surest, truest and deepest window on the very heart and character of the living and loving God. .

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