As despairing or as cynical as some might be (sometimes understandably) over the church’s future, we have to remind ourselves that the church was Jesus’ idea, not ours.”

—Columnist Carey Nieuwhof of ChristianWeek

Politics isn’t worth the risk of ruining Jesus’ reputation.”

—Editor Marv Knox of the Baptist Standard

Election years can be volatile, unpredictable and filled with heated political rhetoric … While I do not think pastors should be silent, I do think a pastor’s tone and message should be helpful, encouraging and non-partisan.”

—Barry Howard, pastor of First Baptist Church of Pensacola, Fla. (Baptist News Global)

Corruption is a very easy sin for all of us who have some power, whether it be ecclesiastical, religious, economic, political … because the devil makes us feel certain: ‘I can do it.’”

—Pope Francis (RNS)

From our [American] Revolution to the abolition of slavery, from women’s rights to civil rights, men and women of faith have often helped move our nation closer to our founding ideals.”

—President Barack Obama in a commentary for Religion News Service

Martin Luther King [Jr.] said we must learn to live together as brothers and sisters or we will perish together as fools. I think it was baseball that brought America together in one of its finest hours. Our sports heroes in general helped make this happen.”

—Former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young (

The politicians and media have destroyed the idea of thoughtful debate. The church must be the voice that reclaims it and insists upon it.”

—Bill Wilson, director of the Center for Healthy Churches

This may be the first generation of pastors in centuries to whom God has given the intimidating assignment of not only loving but changing the church… Some of the best service that pastors offer arises when we dare to prod, preach and pray a congregation toward the painful reality it has been avoiding.”

—Will Willimon of Duke Divinity School (Christian Century)

Online aggression is not an isolated moral lapse, but a rampant infestation of sin… Christians should protest any trolling speech whenever it is used in person or online and stand on the side of civility and moderation.”

—Pastor Joe LaGuardia of Trinity Baptist Church in Conyers, Ga. (

Interactions are more powerful than transactions and make people feel engaged.”

—Mark Wingfield, associate pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, on a lesson for churches learned from Disney (Baptist News Global)

To our knowledge no one has called and canceled their cookie orders.”

—Bonnie Barczykowski of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri chapter, after Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis asked Catholics to scale back ties with the organization he said supports homosexual rights and other stances at odds with Catholic values (New York Times)

The word ‘evangelical’ has become almost meaningless this year, and in many ways the word itself is at the moment subverting the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

—Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (Washington Post)