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N. T. Wright Quote: “True worship is open to God, adoring God, waiting for God, trusting God even in the dark.”

True worship is open to God, adoring God, waiting for God, trusting God even in the dark.

— N. T. Wright



N. T. Wright Quote: “Tolerance is a cheap, low-grade parody of love. Tolerance is not a great virtue to aspire to. Love is much tougher and harder.”

Tolerance is a cheap, low-grade parody of love. Tolerance is not a great virtue to aspire to. Love is much tougher and harder.

— N. T. Wright


N. T. Wright Quote: “You become like what you worship.”

You become like what you worship.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “The Bible is the book of my life. It’s the book I live with, the book I live by, the book I want to die by.”

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

— N. T. Wright


N. T. Wright Quote: “Jesus’s resurrection is the beginning of God’s 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 Lord’s Prayer is about.”

Jesus’s resurrection is the beginning of God’s 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 Lord’s Prayer is about.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “You become like what you worship. When you gaze in awe, admiration, and wonder at something or someone, you begin to take on something of the character of the object of your worship.”

You become like what you worship. When you gaze in awe, admiration, and wonder at something or someone, you begin to take on something of the character of the object of your worship.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “Worship is humble and glad, worship forgets itself in remembering God; worship celebrates the truth as God’s truth, not its own.”

Worship is humble and glad, worship forgets itself in remembering God; worship celebrates the truth as God’s truth, not its own.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “Our culture is so fixated on dying and going to heaven when the whole Scripture is about heaven coming to earth.”

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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N. T. Wright Quote: “Those in whom the Spirit comes to live are God’s new Temple. They are, individually and corporately, places where heaven and earth meet.”

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

— N. T. Wright


N. T. Wright Quote: “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.”

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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N. T. Wright Quote: “The call of the gospel is for the church to implement the victory of God in the world through suffering love.”

The call of the gospel is for the church to implement the victory of God in the world through suffering love.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “It is faith alone that justifies, but faith that justifies can never be alone, though one is justified by faith alone, the faith which justifies is never in fact alone.”

It is faith alone that justifies, but faith that justifies can never be alone, though one is justified by faith alone, the faith which justifies is never in fact alone.

— N. T. Wright


N. T. Wright Quote: “Easter was when Hope in person surprised the whole world by coming forward from the future into the present.”

Easter was when Hope in person surprised the whole world by coming forward from the future into the present.

— N. T. Wright


N. T. Wright Quote: “Love is not just tolerance. It’s not just distant appreciation. It’s a warm sense of, ‘I am enjoying the fact that you are you.’”

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

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N. T. Wright Quote: “Christian living means dying with Christ and rising again. That, as we saw, is part of the meaning of baptism, the starting point of the Christian pilgrimage.”

Christian living means dying with Christ and rising again. That, as we saw, is part of the meaning of baptism, the starting point of the Christian pilgrimage.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “Christmas is God lighting a candle; and you don’t light a candle in a room that’s already full of sunlight. You light a candle in a room that’s so murky that the candle, when lit, reveals just how bad things really are.”

Christmas is God lighting a candle; and you don’t light a candle in a room that’s already full of sunlight. You light a candle in a room that’s so murky that the candle, when lit, reveals just how bad things really are.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “Christ’s resurrection doesn’t mean escaping from the world; it means mission to the world based on Jesus’s lordship over the world.”

Christ’s resurrection doesn’t mean escaping from the world; it means mission to the world based on Jesus’s lordship over the world.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “Heaven is important, but its not the end of the world.”

Heaven is important, but its not the end of the world.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “Learning to live as a Christian is learning to live as a renewed human being, anticipating the eventual new creation in and with a world which is still longing and groaning for that final redemption.”

Learning to live as a Christian is learning to live as a renewed human being, anticipating the eventual new creation in and with a world which is still longing and groaning for that final redemption.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “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 doesn’t send in the tanks. He sends in the poor and the meek.”

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 doesn’t send in the tanks. He sends in the poor and the meek.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “Easter is about Jesus: the Jesus who announced God’s saving, sovereign kingdom...”

Easter is about Jesus: the Jesus who announced God’s saving, sovereign kingdom...

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N. T. Wright Quote: “I believe we face the question: if not now, then when? And if we are grasped by this vision, we may also hear the question: If not us, then who? And if the gospel of Jesus is not the key to this task, then what is?”

I believe we face the question: if not now, then when? And if we are grasped by this vision, we may also hear the question: If not us, then who? And if the gospel of Jesus is not the key to this task, then what is?

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N. T. Wright Quote: “The closer you get to the truth, the clearer becomes the beauty, and the more you will find worship welling up within you. That’s why theology and worship belong together.”

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

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N. T. Wright Quote: “The message of Easter is that God’s new world has been unveiled in Jesus Christ and that you’re now invited to belong to it.”

The message of Easter is that God’s new world has been unveiled in Jesus Christ and that you’re now invited to belong to it.

— N. T. Wright


N. T. Wright Quote: “Without God’s Spirit, there is nothing we can do that will count for God’s kingdom. Without God’s Spirit, the church simply can’t be the church.”

Without God’s Spirit, there is nothing we can do that will count for God’s kingdom. Without God’s Spirit, the church simply can’t be the church.

— N. T. Wright


N. T. Wright Quote: “Deism, historically, produces atheism. First you make God a landlord, then an absent landlord, then he becomes simply absent.”

Deism, historically, produces atheism. First you make God a landlord, then an absent landlord, then he becomes simply absent.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “True worship doesn’t put on a show or make a fuss; true worship isn’t forced, isn’t half-hearted, doesn’t keep looking at its watch, doesn’t 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.”

True worship doesn’t put on a show or make a fuss; true worship isn’t forced, isn’t half-hearted, doesn’t keep looking at its watch, doesn’t 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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N. T. Wright Quote: “Art is love creating the new world and justice is love rolling up its sleeves to heal the old one.”

Art is love creating the new world and justice is love rolling up its sleeves to heal the old one.

— N. T. Wright


N. T. Wright Quote: “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.”

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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N. T. Wright Quote: “Death is the ultimate weapon of the tyrant; resurrection does not make a covenant with death, it overthrows it.”

Death is the ultimate weapon of the tyrant; resurrection does not make a covenant with death, it overthrows it.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “God is the Creator God, he doesn’t want to say, “Okay, creation was very good, but I’m scrapping it.” He wants to say, “Creation is so good that I’m going to rescue it.””

God is the Creator God, he doesn’t want to say, “Okay, creation was very good, but I’m scrapping it.” He wants to say, “Creation is so good that I’m going to rescue it.”

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N. T. Wright Quote: “People often get upset when you teach them what is in the Bible rather than what they presume is in the Bible.”

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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N. T. Wright Quote: “It is faith that looks up at the creator God and knows him to be the God of love. And it is faith that looks out at the world with the longing to bring that love to bear in healing reconciliation, and hope.”

It is faith that looks up at the creator God and knows him to be the God of love. And it is faith that looks out at the world with the longing to bring that love to bear in healing reconciliation, and hope.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “Blessed are the pure in heart; how will people believe that, unless we ourselves are worshipping the living God until our own hearts are set on fire and scorched through with his purity?”

Blessed are the pure in heart; how will people believe that, unless we ourselves are worshipping the living God until our own hearts are set on fire and scorched through with his purity?

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N. T. Wright Quote: “At the heart of Christian ethic is humility; at the heart of its parodies, pride. Different roads with different destinations, and the destinations color the character of those who travel by them.”

At the heart of Christian ethic is humility; at the heart of its parodies, pride. Different roads with different destinations, and the destinations color the character of those who travel by them.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “The Bible is there to enable God’s people to be equipped to do God’s work in God’s world, not to give them an excuse to sit back smugly, knowing they possess all God’s truth.”

The Bible is there to enable God’s people to be equipped to do God’s work in God’s world, not to give them an excuse to sit back smugly, knowing they possess all God’s truth.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “Worship is love on its knees before the beloved; just as mission is love on its feet to serve the beloved.”

Worship is love on its knees before the beloved; just as mission is love on its feet to serve the beloved.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “It’s not great faith you need; it is faith in a great God.”

It’s not great faith you need; it is faith in a great God.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “Jesus himself, as the gospel story goes on to its dramatic conclusion, lives out the same message of the Sermon on the Mount: he is the light of the world, he is the salt of the earth, he loves his enemies and gives his life for them, he is lifted up on a hill so that the world can see.”

Jesus himself, as the gospel story goes on to its dramatic conclusion, lives out the same message of the Sermon on the Mount: he is the light of the world, he is the salt of the earth, he loves his enemies and gives his life for them, he is lifted up on a hill so that the world can see.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “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, Israel’s Messiah, the world’s true Lord.”

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, Israel’s Messiah, the world’s true Lord.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “If you have never felt or known the sheer power and strength of God’s love, take another look at Jesus dying on the cross.”

If you have never felt or known the sheer power and strength of God’s love, take another look at Jesus dying on the cross.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “The word “salvation” denotes rescue. Rescue? What from? Well, of course, ultimately death. And since it is sin that colludes with the forces of evil and decay, sin leads to death. So we are rescued from sin and death.”

The word “salvation” denotes rescue. Rescue? What from? Well, of course, ultimately death. And since it is sin that colludes with the forces of evil and decay, sin leads to death. So we are rescued from sin and death.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “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 haven’t yet really understood who he is or what he’s done.”

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 haven’t yet really understood who he is or what he’s done.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “True worship doesn’t keep looking at its watch.”

True worship doesn’t keep looking at its watch.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “The New Testament picks up from the Old the theme that God intends, in the end, to put the whole creation to rights.”

The New Testament picks up from the Old the theme that God intends, in the end, to put the whole creation to rights.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “I am convinced that when we bring our griefs and sorrows within the story of God’s own grief and sorrow, and allow them to be held there, God is able to bring healing to us ans new possibilities to our lives. That is, of course, what Good Friday and Easter are all about.”

I am convinced that when we bring our griefs and sorrows within the story of God’s own grief and sorrow, and allow them to be held there, God is able to bring healing to us ans new possibilities to our lives. That is, of course, what Good Friday and Easter are all about.

— N. T. Wright


N. T. Wright Quote: “One of the reasons we do history, in fact, is because it acts as a brake, a control, on our otherwise unbridled enthusiasm for our own ideas.”

One of the reasons we do history, in fact, is because it acts as a brake, a control, on our otherwise unbridled enthusiasm for our own ideas.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “Part of Christian belief is to find out what’s true about Jesus and let that challenge our culture.”

Part of Christian belief is to find out what’s true about Jesus and let that challenge our culture.

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N. T. Wright Quote: “There’s all the difference in the world between humbly saying “I want to find more light from Scripture than we have yet had” and saying “I’m going to prove the rest of the Church wrong and do something totally new!””

There’s all the difference in the world between humbly saying “I want to find more light from Scripture than we have yet had” and saying “I’m going to prove the rest of the Church wrong and do something totally new!”

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N. T. Wright Quote: “Made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection. Made for joy, we settle for pleasure. Made for justice, we clamor for vengeance.”

Made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection. Made for joy, we settle for pleasure. Made for justice, we clamor for vengeance.

— N. T. Wright

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