“Stacey was trying to figure out a way to communicate something along the lines of ‘my hero’ without sounding too gooby. She like Keith about as much as Keith liked Mindy, and knew she was a little behind Mindy in a race that Mindy wasn’t even in, and so she had to play it cool. So she was silent and just looked on admiringly” (Evangellyfish, p. 155).
“Jesus does not say that we are to rip out the chief seats in the synagogues, but rather how to relate to them. He does not teach us to get rid of seats of honor at banquets — He teaches us how to get into them. He does not say that it is wrong to want to be great in the kingdom of heaven. He shows us how to become great in the kingdom of heaven. The glorious thing is that His method of doing this (becoming the servant of all) is a great way of removing the toxins of selfishness that will almost certainly be corrupting our ambition” (For a Glory and a Covering, p. 85).
“This part of town had their crazy pastors too, but they mainly operated out of storefronts with names like Knee Deep in Glory Gospel Center. And some of their pastors had tattoos, but these were tattoos that said, ‘I was in the Navy once, before I met Jesus,’ instead of the uptown ecclesiastical version that said, ‘I am desperate to accessorize my iPad’” (Evangellyfish, pp. 150-151).
“For about three centuries, we have been taught (by the devil, or someone very much like him) that grime is more ‘authentic’ than being clean, being disheveled is more real than being put together, and so on. Like most lies of this nature, the destructive impact of it falls most heavily on women . . . many young women have been robbed of their glory” (For a Glory and a Covering, pp. 84-85).
“Three miles down that stretch of freeway, he downshifted and pulled off the highway on the next exit ramp he came to, turned right at the light, and headed off down a strip occupoed by mobile-home dealers, tattoo parlors, and numerous stores full of retail detritus” (Evangellyfish, p. 150).
“One of the best ways for a man to love a woman is to love her children” (For a Glory and a Covering, p. 82).
“At this she bobbed her head perkily like a ponytailed girl in a biscuit commercial from 1957″ (Evangellyfish, p. 148).
“Buying a truckload of stuff is not necessarily ‘saving money’ because it was all 20 percent off” (For a Glory and a Covering, p. 81).
“If Bill had been a local potentate centuries before, and his city was under siege, and he had been told by the randy and imperious besieger to ‘Surrender all your gold, and let us ravish all your women,’ Bill would have appeared above the city gates to say something along the lines of ‘Okay!’” (Evangellyfish, p. 146).
“Once a man has come to Jesus in order to be put to death, he may then (after the fact) do as he pleases. But unless he has died, nothing he does (however technically correct) will be right” (For a Glory and a Covering, p. 80).