39 Phillips Brooks Quotes

  • "If God doesn't want something for me, I shouldn't want it either. Spending time in meditative prayer, getting to know God, helps align my desires with God's."

    - Phillips Brooks
    Topics: Prayer


  • "The solution to sin is not to impose an ever-stricter code of behavior. It is to know God."

    - Phillips Brooks
    Topics: Sin


  • "Politics draws lines between people; in contrast, Jesus' love cuts across those lines and dispenses grace. That does not mean, of course, that Christians should not involve themselves in politics. It simply means that as we do so we must not let the rules of power displace the command to love."

    - Phillips Brooks
    Topics: Politics


  • "We admit that we will never reach our ideal in this life, a distinctive the church claims that most other human institutions try to deny."

    - Phillips Brooks
    Topics: Life


  • "The test of observance of Christ's teachings is our consciousness of our failure to attain an ideal perfection. The degree to which we draw near this perfection cannot be seen; all we can see is the extent of our deviation."

    - Phillips Brooks
    Topics: Rebellion


  • "God wants us to choose to love him freely, even when that choice involves pain, because we are committed to him, not to our own good feelings and rewards. He wants us to cleave to him, as Job did, even when we have every reason to deny him hotly."

    - Phillips Brooks
    Topics: Pain


  • "God's terrible insistence on human freedom is so absolute that he granted us the power to live as though He did not exist, to spit in His face, to crucify Him."

    - Phillips Brooks
    Topics: Freedom


  • "When Jesus came to earth, demons recognized him, the sick flocked to him, and sinners doused his feet and head with perfume. Meanwhile he offended pious Jews with their strict preconceptions of what God should be like. Their rejection makes me wonder, could religious types be doing just the reverse now? Could we be perpetuating an image of Jesus that fits our pious expectations but does not match the person portrayed so vividly in the Gospels?"

    - Phillips Brooks
    Topics: Jesus


  • "Christians are not perfect, by any means, but they can be people made fully alive."

    - Phillips Brooks
    Topics: Christians


  • "Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory."

    - Phillips Brooks
    Topics: Endurance


  • "All too often the church holds up a mirror reflecting back the society around it, rather than a window revealing a different way."

    - Phillips Brooks
    Topics: Church, Carnality


  • "Power, no matter how well-intentioned, tends to cause suffering. Love, being vulnerable, absorbs it. In a point of convergence on a hill called Calvary, God renounced the one for the sake of the other."

    - Phillips Brooks
    Topics: Power, Suffering, Love


  • "We tend to think, 'Life should be fair because God is fair.' But God is not life. And if I confuse God with the physical reality of life - by expecting constant good health for example- then I set myself up for crashing disappointment."

    - Phillips Brooks
    Topics: God, Life


  • "Any discussion of how pain and suffering fit into God's scheme ultimately leads back to the cross."

    - Phillips Brooks
    Topics: The Cross, Pain, Suffering


  • "Christ bears the wounds of the church, his body, just as he bore the wounds of crucifixion. I sometimes wonder which have hurt worse."

    - Phillips Brooks
    Topics: The Cross



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