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. God chose Russell Brand, chose to defy his fast-escaping life and drink up all his swift-running sin in the River Thames.
  3. The Good Shepherd doesn’t leave the sheep to fend for themselves.
  4. 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.
  5. Like the serpent on the pole, God still puts real-life things up for us to look to for salvation.
  6. Bathed in the waters of baptism, you are placed in God's path of totality, a path he won for each and every one of us.
  7. The seemingly small, the particular, the previously overlooked, magnifies in importance.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. There is no AA for legalists. At least not officially. But there ought to be, and it should be called your local church.
  11. The more I got to know Dr. Rosenbladt, the more I saw that he wasn’t a man divided.
  12. It would serve us well to embrace the beauty of our diversity within the unity of the body of Christ.