Jesus was a forbidding and unsparing leader…

We have to say that Jesus was a forbidding and unsparing leader. He issued an invitation, but made clear his demands. He supplied needs, but required sacrifice. He made promises, but emphasized costs. He was as offensive as he was appealing. No one who chose to follow him could have done so with their eyes closed.

Os Guinness, from The Last Christian on Earth, kindle location 1691

A feature of contemporary pluralism…

A stubborn feature of contemporary pluralism is the high number of people who are anything but relativists. These people, whether Christians, Jews, Mormons, Muslims, humanists, or atheists, unrepentantly believe their convictions to be absolutely true.

Os Guinness, from Fit Bodies, Fat Minds, p. 51

The Christian notion of love…

The Christian notion of love may come perilously close to curing the disillusionments of commercialized romance.

Os Guinness, from The Last Christian on Earth, kindle location 2123

The message rather than the medium…

We characteristically focus on the message rather than the medium. Evangelicals therefore view technology’s substance as malevolently evil (for example, television programming), but its form as benignly innocent because they are neutral (for example, television technology).

Os Guinness, from Dining With the Devil: The Megachurch Movement Flirts with Modernity, p. 45

Minds in love with God…

Our passion is not for academic respectability, but for faithfulness to the commands of Jesus. Our lament is not for the destruction of the elite culture of Western civilization but for our deficiencies in our everyday discipleship as Christians. Our mission is not the recovery of some lost golden age of purportedly better Christian thinking but the renewal of a church today that has integrity, faithfulness, and effectiveness in its thinking. Once again, Christianity is first and foremost a matter of love—of minds in love with God and the truth of his world.

Os Guinness, from Fit Bodies, Fat Minds, p. 19

Capitalism—unlike socialism…

Capitalism—unlike socialism and totalitarianism—leaves room for the development and maintenance of a multiplicity of ideas, institutions, and ways of life.

Os Guinness, from Fit Bodies, Fat Minds, p. 51

Cultural imitators and adaptors…

Failing to think Christianly, evangelicals have been forced into the role of cultural imitators and adapters rather than originators. In biblical terms, it is to be worldly and conformist, not decisively Christian.

Os Guinness, from Fit Bodies, Fat Minds, p. 14