We need to be willing to hear truth whether it comes from an expected source or an unexpected source.
Self sacrifice and asceticism are not incompatible with the call to care for oneself and live life to the full.
You can’t define or dictate how people will experience God, even within the service of worship.
The extent of God’s grace constantly astounds us as it floods over ever social barrier we erect.
Encounters with the risen Christ open our minds rather than narrow our theology.
Jesus will meet us where we need to be met in order to inspire our faith.
God will walk with us in suffering and work redemptively within it, but God is not powerful enough to just remove it.
Forgiveness is the voluntary relinquishment of the right to desire revenge or reparation.
Knowledge can be used to destroy or to liberate. In Jesus we see one whose teaching and actions are an integrated liberating message.
Although the choice to repent can be characterised in black and white terms, it usually feels like a choice for one risky joy over several safer ones, but it’s worth it!
We are called to proclaim and celebrate the advent of God’s justice, and doing so is ultimately more radical than simply fighting injustice.
Though we are to strive for righteousness and justice now, what we achieve now is a mere shadow of what will be fulfilled in the day of the Lord.
Although the coming Christ is brings our deepest hopes to fulfillment, we still fear his coming because of our unhealthy investments in the present.
Each human being is an icon of Christ and so the respect and care with which we deal with others is an expression of our devotion to Christ.
Will we live out allegiance to the state, the economy, the mass media, consumerism, status-driven values and wealth, or to God, to the new community, to upside-down kingdom values and to a radical alternative which is the source of hope and transformation?
Icons, as representations of the incarnation rather than images of God, can serve to open us to God rather than becoming alternatives to God.
Christian progressives must not despise those who feel insecure about change, and Christian conservatives must not despise those who take new ways.
Christians are to be known for what they do rather than what they abstain from.
A paraphrase of this ancient sermon, still preached every Easter in many Eastern Orthodox churches.
Our deepest yearnings are satisfied in God, and only scratched elsewhere.