I'm back now from the European Leadership Forum. I'm not going to say too much as blogger and U2 fanatic Mark Meynell has some super reflections in greater depth than I could ever ascribe to. (Incidentally Mark's seminar on the spirituality of Irish super group will be well worth downloading once it goes onto the ELF website!)
Instead, I thought I'd share a handful of the excellent sentences that particularly struck me from some of the sessions I attended:
- Stuart McAllister on the need for personal integrity amongst leaders: "We are all just one decision away from stupidity."
- Martin Haizmann on the need for Scriptural evangelism: "Europe needs to meet Jesus in his fullness and completeness."
- Wayne Grudem on taking the Bible seriously: "To fail to love Scripture is to fail to love God."
- Fyodor Dostoevsky, quoted by Amy Orr-Ewing, on the lack of moral absolutes in atheism: "if there is no immorality, then all things are permitted."
- John Stott, quoted by Lindsay Brown, on the responsibilities of husbands in Ephesians 5, looking to the example of Jesus: "If Lordship means power in any sense, it is power to care and not to crush; to serve and not to dominate; to help to fulfilment and not to frustrate."
- Hartmut Kopsch on Luke 15 and the danger of moralising: "If the younger brother had met the older brother before he met his father, he might have returned to the swine."
- Avi Snyder on wise evangelism: "Jesus answered questioners, not questions."
- Albert Camus, quoted by Raphael Anzerberger on our greatest problem: "Now that Hitler has gone, we know a certain number of things. The first is that the poison which impregnated Hitlerism has not been eliminated; it is present in each of us. Whoever today speaks of human existence in terms of power, efficacy, and ‘historical tasks’ spreads it."
- Bono, quoted by Mark Meynell, on the lyrics of Wake Up Dead Man: "It’s the end of the century, and it’s a century where God is supposed to be dead. … People want to believe, but they’re angry, and I picked up on that anger. If God is not dead, there are some questions we want to ask him. I’m a believer, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get angry about these things." See also here for more.