Christian Growth

Authoritative vs. Nurturant Styles of Religion

"I would prefer to describe these two postures as 'authoritarian' and 'nurturning.' Its only a slight change of words, but 'authoritative' and 'nurturant' just don’t sound quite right to me. For one thing, I think religious leaders should be authoritative but without being authoritarian." - Roger Olson

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“In much of life we build habits and patterns the way people build roads.”

"The man who grumbles in his heart will soon grumble before his household and before his fellow church members. He has begun to walk a trail of complaint and will find that others begin to follow in his footsteps, that they begin to imitate him....But what is true of bad habits is equally true of good." - Challies

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“Salvation is indeed simple and free, but it’s not just a single event at one point in time.”

"I’ve been a believer for 60 years now, and I’m still amazed every day at how much spiritual growth still lies ahead of me—at often I tell myself, 'Dan, after all this time, you really ought to be better at this.'" - Olinger

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An Illustration of Repentance

"Some sins are small and easy. We stop and walk the other way. Some sins, like the bicycle, are a little more difficult. ... there is the process of coming to a stop, the process of the turn itself, and the process of getting up to speed in faithfulness. But some sins are enormous.... God works patiently with us, carefully slowing us down, as the captain does with the ship..." - Ligonier

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