PHILIP YANCEY QUOTES

American Christian author (1949- )

Christians get very angry toward other Christians who sin differently than they do.

PHILIP YANCEY, attributed, Jesus Now: Unveiling the Present-Day Ministry of Christ

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One who has been touched by grace will no longer look on those who stray as "those evil people" or "those poor people who need our help." Nor must we search for signs of "loveworthiness." Grace teaches us that God loves because of who God is, not because of who we are.

PHILIP YANCEY, What's So Amazing About Grace?

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If God doesn't want something for me, I shouldn't want it either. Spending time in meditative prayer, getting to know God, helps align my desires with God's.

PHILIP YANCEY, Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?

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The people who related to God best--Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah--treated him with startling familiarity. They talked to God as if he were sitting in a chair beside them, as one might talk to a counselor, a boss, a parent, or a lover. They treated him like a person.

PHILIP YANCEY, Disappointment With God

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I rejected the church for a time because I found so little grace there. I returned because I found grace nowhere else.

PHILIP YANCEY, What's So Amazing About Grace?

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Why pray? Evidently, God likes to be asked. God certainly does not need our wisdom or our knowledge, nor even the information contained in our prayers ("your Father knows what you need before you ask him"). But by inviting us into the partnership of creation, God also invites us into relationship. God is love, said the apostle John. God does not merely have love or feel love. God is love and cannot not love. As such, God yearns for relationship with the creatures made in his image.

PHILIP YANCEY, Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?

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Jesus is the best clue we have as to what God is like and He is consistently gracious and merciful, especially to those who are failures. He is harsh to uptight, judgmental people, but merciful and gracious to the failures. He seems to draw out the smallest kernel of faith in each person that He's with. So, I presume that that's the way God is going to judge humanity.

PHILIP YANCEY, "The High Calling of Journalism: A Candid Interview with Philip Yancey", The High Calling, Jan. 18, 2011

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When Jesus came to earth, demons recognized him, the sick flocked to him, and sinners doused his feet and head with perfume. Meanwhile he offended pious Jews with their strict preconceptions of what God should be like. Their rejection makes me wonder, could religious types be doing just the reverse now? Could we be perpetuating an image of Jesus that fits our pious expectations but does not match the person portrayed so vividly in the Gospels?

PHILIP YANCEY, The Jesus I Never Knew

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I have learned that faith means trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse.

PHILIP YANCEY, Finding God in Unexpected Places

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Grace is the most perplexing, powerful force in the universe, and, I believe, the only hope for our twisted, violent planet.

PHILIP YANCEY, What's So Amazing About Grace?

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Interestingly, a lot of people who are in the public eye are introverts. Probably not politicians, but a lot of actors and comedians say they are introverts. The strain for me is not standing in front of a microphone and talking. I have learned to do that, although it was not easy at first. The strain for me is chatting. That is such a draining and difficult thing. An introvert doesn't mind in-depth conversations with people he cares about. But, when I'm speaking to a couple thousand people, then I have a book signing, I have thirty-second conversations with people I'll never see again. That's what's really hard for me, because some of the people obviously need more than thirty seconds.

PHILIP YANCEY, "The High Calling of Journalism: A Candid Interview with Philip Yancey", The High Calling, Jan. 18, 2011

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Power, no matter how well-intentioned, tends to cause suffering. Love, being vulnerable, absorbs it. In a point of convergence on a hill called Calvary, God renounced the one for the sake of the other.

PHILIP YANCEY, The Jesus I Never Knew

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God does not accept me conditionally, on the basis of my performance, but bestows his love and forgiveness freely, despite my innumerable failures.

PHILIP YANCEY, Reaching for the Invisible God: What Can We Expect to Find?

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Having spent time around "sinners" and also around purported saints, I have a hunch why Jesus spent so much time with the former group: I think he preferred their company. Because the sinners were honest about themselves and had no pretense, Jesus could deal with them. In contrast, the saints put on airs, judged him, and sought to catch him in a moral trap. In the end it was the saints, not the sinners, who arrested Jesus.

PHILIP YANCEY, What's So Amazing About Grace?

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A God wise enough to create me and the world I live in is wise enough to watch out for me.

PHILIP YANCEY, Where Is God When It Hurts?

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It took time for the church to come to terms with the ignominy of the cross. Church fathers forbade its depiction in art until the reign of the Roman emperor Constantine.... Now, though, the symbol is everywhere: artists beat gold into the shape of the Roman execution device, baseball players cross themselves before batting, and candy confectioners even make chocolate crosses for the faithful to eat during Holy Week. Strange as it may seem, Christianity has become a religion of the cross--the gallows, the electric chair, the gas chamber, in modern terms.

PHILIP YANCEY, The Jesus I Never Knew

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Some who attempt prayer never have the sense of anyone listening on the other end. They blame themselves for doing it wrong.... Prayer requires the faith to believe that God listens.

PHILIP YANCEY, Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?

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Sociologists have a theory of the looking-glass self: you become what the most important person in your life (wife, father, boss, etc.) thinks you are. How would my life change if I truly believed the Bible's astounding words about God's love for me, if I looked in the mirror and saw what God sees?

PHILIP YANCEY, What's So Amazing About Grace?

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Thanks to the scientific method, most people in "developed" countries have an outlook of mild deism. We assume things like weather and disease operate according to fixed natural laws. Every so often, though, problems impinge on us so directly that we stretch beyond that mildly deistic stance and ask God to intervene. When a drought drags on too long, we pray for rain. When a young mother gets a diagnosis of cervical cancer, we solicit prayers for her healing. We beseech God as if trying to talk God into something God otherwise might not want to do.

PHILIP YANCEY, Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?

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Grace, like water, flows to the lowest part.

PHILIP YANCEY, Reaching for the Invisible God: What Can We Expect to Find?

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