From Interrupted:An Adventure in Relearning the Essentials of Faith by Jen Hatmaker: (www.jenhatmaker.com)
"There is much value in the struggle."
"Jesus didn’t just host and serve the meal; He became the meal."
"Mercy has a cost: Someone must be broken for someone else to be fed."
"This is what God taught me through Judas at Jesus’ table, eating the broken bread that was His body: We don’t get to opt out of living on mission because we might not be appreciated."
"We’re not allowed to neglect the oppressed because we have reservations about their discernment. We cannot deny love because it might be despised or misunderstood. We can’t withhold social relief because we’re not convinced it will be perfectly managed. Must we be wise? Absolutely. But doing nothing is a blatant sin of omission."
"Jesus came to the foulest, filthiest place possible (Earth), full of ungrateful, self-destructive people who would betray Him far more than they’d love Him (a whole planet of Judases). He broke His body for rich people who would curse Him the second their prosperity was endangered."
"He poured His blood out for those who would take His Word and use it as a bludgeoning tool. He became the offering for people who would slander His name with ferocity, yet His grace was theirs for the asking until they drew their last breaths, even if all they could offer Him was a lifetime of hatred and one moment of repentance."
"There was one Judas, but eleven disciples who were forever transformed by Jesus’ broken body. The risk of encountering a few weeds is not sufficient reason to avoid the whole field of human suffering."
"I dream of a church that is once again called great, even by our skeptics, because our works of mercy cannot be denied. I want no part in a movement that is deemed great because we’ve adopted some exceptional qualities admired by the top."
"We have the privilege of serving Jesus Himself every time we feed a hungry belly, each moment we give dignity to someone who has none left, when we acknowledge the value of a convict because he is a human being, when we share our extreme excess with those who have nothing, when we love theforsaken and remember the forgotten. Jesus is there."
“We cannot think our way into a new kind of living. We must live our way into a new kind of thinking.”
"We’re all poor; I just have more stuff"
"Miraculously, there will come a day when we stand before God Almighty with nothing but this human life standing up on our behalf, full of failure and omissions. And just when all hope is lost, when we have nothing left to hold out, nothing to show God, no more to demonstrate our worthiness with, the Son will step in, in all His glory and righteousness, and say to the Father, “Whatever you do to the least of these, these brothers and sisters of mine, you do unto me.”
"It’s not about your church and how it is thrilling or failing you. Rather, what kind of bride are you helping to prepare?"
"We can continue to invite unbelievers to church, but we must first invite them into our lives. Have them over, go to dinner, welcome them in. Create a safe placefor them to belong without agenda; they needn’t worry about following our Christian rules yet (or pretending to in front of us)."
"How would our communities be transformed if our churches became servants to our cities? If at every turn believers labored for others as if they were our masters, we could not be ignored for long."
"It requires the patience of Job and the maturity of Paul to execute the mission of Jesus."