I used to know Jason Gray when he lived close by in Mankato, MN. He now has a career as a Christian contemporary musician and has recorded several albums in Nashville. I recently remembered one of his lyrics about the Lord's Supper referring to "the cannibals and vampires" approaching for the feast. Striking perspective. I got curious and googled him. http://jasongraymusic.com/home#/home
In the process I stumbled upon his collection of quotes. I'm reposting some that resonate with me. There's something about a good quote. Enjoy.
"Art is not a plaything, but a necessity, and it's essence, form, is not a decorative adjustment, but a cup into which life can be poured and lifted to the lips and be tasted."
-Rebecca West Black Lamb And Grey Falcon
"There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is."
"I believe it to be a great mistake to present Christianity as something charming and popular with no offense in it.... We cannot blink at the fact that gentle Jesus meek and mild was so stiff in his opinions and so inflammatory in his language that he was thrown out of church, stoned, hunted from place to place, and finally gibbeted as a firebrand and a public danger. Whatever his peace was, it was not the peace of an amiable indifference." -Dorothy Sayers
"If I were called upon to state in a few words the essence of everything I was trying to say both as a novelist and as a preacher, it would be something like this: Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace." -Frederick Buechner Now & Then
"God spoke to Balaam through his ass... I believe God still speaks through asses today...So if God should choose to speak through you - you needn't think too highly of yourself."
-Rich Mullins Lufkin, Texas August 1997
"In many Christian book stores, the only potentially scandalous fare on the shelves is the Bible itself, whose seamy stories always manage to get by [the censors], creating the impression that it is the only book in the store not written by a Christian."
-James Calvin Schaap - Singing & Preaching In Poets & Writers Jan/Feb 98