The first is from Stanley Hauerwas. He was co-author of a book that changed the way I think about church and ministry in 1989: Resident Aliens. 25 years later and I still think it is one of the most relevant and challenging books I have read about being the church in the modern world. Hauerwas has continued to be prolific and profound. This quote is from his commentary on the gospel of Matthew:
The real challenge of the resurrection is whether we live lives that would make no sense if in fact Jesus had not been raised.
The second quote is from an author I discovered this year. His name is Christian Wiman and the book is, "My Bright Abyss: Meditations of a Modern Believer". I find myself going back to this book time and again.
“The task is not to believe in a life beyond this one,
but to perceive it.”
Christianity is more than just embracing a set of beliefs and propositions. It's more than just hoping that someday, God will bring new life. It's about being open to the realities of what God is doing in our midst- right now. It's about living into the possibilities of what God has made possible in Christ.