1. This is an excerpt from Chapter 7 of Your God is Too Glorious: Finding God in the Most Unexpected Places by Chad Bird (1517 Publishing, 2023).
  2. The Good Shepherd doesn’t leave the sheep to fend for themselves.
  3. A Christian story untethered from the reality of Christ and his mercy toward sinners becomes a mere fable, while a sermon disconnected from the hearts of its listeners remains a hollow oratory.
  4. Patrick's breakthrough came when he began to leverage his knowledge of the native language and customs to build a bridge between Irish lore and the Christian mythos.
  5. Sin is a heavy thing to bear. Its jacket is shame, its medals are guilt.
  6. The love of God in Christ Jesus never changes. That love is for you.
  7. Jesus has gone ahead of you on the road, and promises to be with you still.
  8. The church is called to preach the good news of Jesus Christ. Where is that message found? In every blade of grass, on every page of Scripture.
  9. We are not pursuing dragons; we are the dragons. We are, all of us, Eustace Scrubb.
  10. A truly Lenten mindset sees the season as preparatory for the resurrection life of Easter as opposed to the mortification of Good Friday.
  11. Your champion steps forward.
  12. The number forty calls to remembrance narratives of God’s great acts of redemption, but also our conformity to and participation in those narratives.