"The actuality of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, and his subsequent ascension and ministry at the right hand of the Father and through the Holy Spirit, make Christian faith and ministry possible."
"It's all about Jesus."
"Ministry in the continuing mood of Holy Saturday will sooner or later leave us burned out, dispirited and depressed for this reason: it is not faithful to the reality that is at the core of faith and ministry. That core: Jesus lives."
Other quotes from my readings....
From John Stott --- As Tertullian wrote in his Apology: "Kill us, torture us, condemn us, grind us to dust... the more you mow us down, the more we grow; the seed is the blood of Christians."
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. And he will be like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. -- Psalm 1