40+ Best Wholehearted Faith Quotes by Rachel Held Evans

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We have compiled a list of quotes from Wholehearted Faith by Rachel Held Evans for you to read.


Part One: Wholehearted Faith

“From the moment human beings could speak of the mystery we call God, we have spoken in terms of total devotion—or at least the possibility of it. “

“Learning to love Mr. Smith across the street might not quicken my connection to the divine force pulsing through the universe, but I suppose it’s a start. “

“I processed all this cognitive dissonance by overcompensating. “

“We dare not question the Almighty. “

“If we get in the habit of checking out when it comes to our faith, we inevitably begin to check out when it comes to our relationships, our health, our work, our play, and our moral and ethical obligations to one another. “

“My convictions about uncertainty are something I’ve come to in adulthood. On reflection, though, I realize that my path toward wholeheartedness was mapped out not alone but with my parents’ patient companionship and their unconditional love. “

“Many of my fellow travelers had been ostracized and alienated by their churches. Some had been distanced by their friends. Some had even been disowned by their families merely for the ‘sin’ of asking too many questions. “

“A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. “

“While experience shows that vulnerability is inevitable, better embraced than resisted, believers often expect that in a world of danger and uncertainty, their faith ought to function as the one certain, invulnerable thing, immune to disappointment, doubt, and change. “

“I believe. Each time I say those words, which begin the Apostles’ Creed, I say them wholeheartedly. I did not grow up in a creedal tradition. “

“I want to believe in the God who moves mountains. I want to believe in the God who stills the seas. I want to believe in the God who promises to transform hearts of stone into hearts of flesh—and I want to believe that the desires of my heart must count for something. “

“At times it is as if I didn’t dismantle that fortress at all. I just took one flag down and raised a different one in its place. “

“I don’t believe any longer that it can translate into anything resembling certainty. “

“Most of the openhearted wanderers I’ve encountered are looking not for a bulletproof belief system but for a community of friends, not for a spiritual encyclopedia that contains every answer but for a gathering of loved ones in which they can ask the hard questions. “

“Hear O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. “

“The Shema is—and is—the mantra of a manna-nourished people, the restorative words of those whose ancestors had wandered the wilderness in search of home. “

“Those who believe that they believe in God, but without any passion in their heart, without anguish of mind, without uncertainty, without doubt, without an element of despair even in their consolation, believe only in the God-Idea, not in God Himself. “

“The Hebrew vision of the heart, then, is holistic, and wholeheartedness, in the Hebrew context, wasn’t just or even primarily about one’s feelings. “

“The way so many churches have interpreted those verses deserves to be footnoted with the names of those unacknowledged ancient influencers of Greek and Roman philosophy, whose writings were then calcified through Western practice. “

“Notice that you are surrounded by, infused with, and kept in life by love—God’s love, that beating heart of the universe. “

“You never want to toughen up so much that you lose your tender heart, the part of you that experiences and processes pain and compassion and love. “

“Few churches make it as explicit as Eve’s, but the teaching that our sin renders us unworthy of God’s love and therefore undeserving of any goodness or joy in life has wormed its way into Christian thinking through the years, helped along by extreme interpretations of the doctrine of total depravity. “

“I thought I possessed a pretty conventional understanding of sin and salvation until I attended an evangelical Christian college in the early 2000s, where, in the wake of the September 11th attacks, Calvinism made a comeback. “

“The surest way to elicit a vigorous eye roll from a New Calvinist was to quote the old adage ‘God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. “

“Because my sin nature has so totally corrupted my reason and will, I am incapable of sorting out right from wrong on my own. “

“I think God might be a little prejudiced. For once He asked me to join Him on a walk through this world, and we gazed into every heart on this earth, and I noticed He lingered a bit longer before any face that was weeping, and before any eyes that were laughing. “

“When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we are meant to. We break. We fall apart. . We hurt others. We get sick. “

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Part Two: Essays on the Christian Life

“It tells us who we are and what we are destined to do. “

“Sin is not at the heart of nature; blessing is, she continues. And that didn’t stop being true because Adam and Eve ate fruit in the garden. In fact, it has never stopped being true. “

“It serves as a warning, originally to Israel but also to us, that autonomy is overrated. “

“If, on the other hand, the primary story we tell about ourselves is that we are God’s good and beloved creation, made in the image of the divine and worthy of love no matter our sins and failures, then we will live into that reality and seek it out in one another. “

“Because love is from God, everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. “

“When we are healthy, 3s are productive, persuasive, and inspiring. When we are unhealthy, we become obsessed with success and with winning and with destroying the competition. “

“When I read stories about the Apostle Peter, I can’t help but think that the poor guy felt at times as if he might be on the cusp of winning his own Best Christian Attitude Award. “

“When I speak about the voice of the Accuser, I’m talking about the devastating, deceptive messages that play on repeat within us. They fixate not on what we might have done but on how awful we are. “

“It’s one thing to say that Jesus was willing to die. The question many of us have wrestled with is slightly different: Why did Jesus have to die. “

“Earlier comments were passed on, modified, retold, so that the Bible became a patchwork quilt of text, with a verse of Scripture at the center and the various interpretations of the verse radiating outward to form the fabric, Visotzky says. “

“Questions only threaten those who have something—some power, some prestige, some veneer of worldly credibility and control—to lose. “

“Maybe the church in the US is already dead. But the fear of death is the province of those who do not believe in resurrection. “

“Remember that you are dust and to dust you will return. “

“For one thing, there’s a dark-chocolate bar I especially like that has little morsels of raspberry hiding throughout. That helps. “

“Today, I can reflect on my baptism with another perspective. My baptism reminds me that I am a Christian because Christianity gives me a name that supersedes every other name the world will try to give me. I am a Christian because my baptism has declared that I am a beloved child of God. “

“Wherever my children’s faith and lives may take them—even if it’s away from the tradition in which we are raising them—they will know that the act of baptism took place because they were, perhaps clumsily and undoubtedly imperfectly, loved. “

“While the ash and memory of September 11th still clouded the air and our hearts, US military forces had recently unleashed their ‘shock and awe’ upon Baghdad, and we were convinced that we’d be out of Iraq, victorious, in a matter of months. “

“I thought the world needed to hear what I had to say. To the contrary, I needed the world to help me learn how to listen better. “

“Only later did I realize that perhaps this was the baptism of real life that followed and fulfilled my baptism in water. “

“When I was a Bible-thumping, churchgoing, know-it-all Republican, God used bleeding-heart, politically correct, question-everything liberals to teach me a little bit more about how to be human and to toy with my concretized notions of who my enemies were. “

“Be patient. Don’t rush it. Live the questions. “

“It is better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved at all. “

“Still, whatever my parents’ inspiration, there’s no escaping the fact that the name Rachel is a biblical one. “

“God heeded her, opening her womb. “

“When we try to make a text univocal, reducing it to one voice, we fail to recognize the full possibility of what it can offer. “

“You have to keep unmasking the world about you for what it is: manipulative, controlling, power-hungry, and, in the long run, destructive. “

“The path from unquestioning certainty to wholehearted vulnerability looks less like a wide, paved, flat boulevard than a winding, sometimes barely discernible track through steep hills and debris-strewn valleys. “

“The matter was very distressing to Abraham on account of his son, Scripture tells us. “

“It’s hard to put into words exactly what so entranced me about Glacier, just as it’s hard to pinpoint the mechanics of love. “

“maybe the multidimensional reality of a place like Glacier can help us understand the complexity of the imagery of Scripture and even of our faith. “

“Sometimes wilderness comes to us even when we don’t want it. “

“The glorious message of Scripture is that we do not have to be perfect for our Maker to love us, Madeleine L’Engle wrote. All through the great stories, heavenly love is lavished on visibly imperfect people. “

“We tend to remember the gentle psalms, which send us pastoral scenes and postcards of still waters, as well as the celebratory ones, resplendent with shouts of acclamation and rhapsodic verse. “

“These biblical prayers expose the hollow sentimentality that often masquerades as prayer, the dangerous falsity of things we have heard—and maybe even thought ourselves—about how we ought to think and talk when God is around, she writes. “

“Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. “

“Sometimes I forget this, though. Instead, I wallow with the angst of the prophets and the restlessness of the psalmists. ‘How long, O Lord. ’ they asked, and I ask. ‘Will you hide your face forever. “

“The purpose of a child of God is to love indiscriminately and unconditionally, just as God has loved us. “

“Seeing what is hateful about them, you may catch a glimpse also of where the hatefulness comes from. Seeing the hurt they cause you, you may see also the hurt they cause themselves. “

“With my whole heart, I cry, Psalm 119:145 says; answer me, O Lord. And I echo the psalmist:With my whole heart, I cry out to you, God. With all my sadness. With all my anger. “

“With all my complicated gratitude for the churches of my upbringing and for white American evangelicalism. With all my disgust for the arrogance of American exceptionalism. With all my pettiness about poorly written biographies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. “

“The scientist was able to confirm that this redwood dated to the late sixteenth or early seventeenth century. And the patterns left in the tree rings were clear enough to say that this tree came from Northern California’s forests, up the coast from San Francisco. “

“There is hope for a tree, the Book of Job says, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease. “

“It bears remembering that much of the New Testament was written not to individuals but to congregations, to little families of faith gathered around tables, breaking bread together and pouring wine together and hearing Scripture read together. When Paul wrote to the Roman believers, he hadn’t even met them. “

“The story both expresses and participates in the miracle of moving from nothing to something, from nonbeing to being. “

“Trying to keep in mind that how I respond to the death of my enemies says as much about me as it does about my enemies. “

“And starting with that acknowledgment that I can be my own worst enemy, perhaps I can begin to imagine how loving my enemies might look. Can we not only hear the enemy’s story but also begin to write a different one—one that points toward God’s shalom. “

“While this is undoubtedly an expected consequence of writing and speaking publicly, especially on matters of heart, spirit, and soul, it can still sting. “

“So too with and for my enemies. “

“When I was growing up, Sunday mornings were about Sunday school and then grown-up church. “

“What is this evil thing that you are doing, profaning the sabbath day. “

“That’s why human participation in Sabbath rest on the seventh day of creation couldn’t be based in human accomplishment. It could be grounded only in God’s work and invitation. “

“You can go go go go go and you can do do do do and you can tell yourself things like ‘Good things come to those who hustle’ and you can pride yourself on your work ethic, she wrote. It’s permissible. “

“I wonder if God instituted the rhythm of Sabbath because, in God’s infinite wisdom, there was a deep recognition that we’d need to try and try again even to begin to comprehend this truth. We’d need another week of practice. “

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