5 Life-Changing Quotes (For Me) This Year

1. “I don’t believe in resurrection. I don’t believe in eternal life. I don’t believe […]

Ross / 12.19.08

1. “I don’t believe in resurrection. I don’t believe in eternal life. I don’t believe in life after death. I don’t believe in the hereafter. Those are all opinions. I simply trust Jesus that He will deliver me; as He rose from the dead, so He will raise me. Whatever that means, however it works, I trust Him because in His death is my reconciliation and in my reconciliation is my joy in Him.” — Robert Capon concluding, very oddly, a sermon on The Pharisee & The Tax-Collector (somehow these strange, almost inappropriate words reached me, and assured the deep dark sinner in me that I am really loved by God, even despite my pathetic unbelieving belief)

2. “When the rain is blowing in your face
And the whole world is on your case
I could offer you a warm embrace
To make you feel my love

When the evening shadows and the stars appear
And there is no one there to dry your tears
I could hold you for a million years
To make you feel my love…

I’d go hungry, I’d go black and blue
I’d go crawling down the avenue
There’s nothing that I wouldn’t do
To make you feel my love

The storms are raging on the rollin’ sea
And on the highway of regret
The winds of change are blowing wild and free
You ain’t seen nothing like me yet…

— Bob Dylan, from To Make You Feel My Love (not new of course, I’ve been in love with this song for a while; what was new was hearing it sung as a worship song at my church; i have rarely felt/heard the gospel so clearly in church; thank you Bob)

3. “We’re doing it.” — Jason Tambor (“Pop-Pop”) on the rumored Arrested Development movie

4. “Throughout Chinese Democracy, the most compelling question is never, ‘What was Axl doing here?’ but ‘What did Axl think he was doing here?’…On the aforementioned ‘Sorry,’ Rose suddenly sings an otherwise innocuous line (“But I don’t want to do it”) in some bizarre, quasi-Transylvanian accent, and I cannot begin to speculate as to why. I mean, one has to assume Axl thought about all of these individual choices a minimum of a thousand times over the past 15 years… So why is this the one we finally hear? What finally made him decide, ‘You know, I’ve weighed all my options and all their potential consequences, and I’m going with the Mexican vampire accent. This is the vision I will embrace. But only on that one line! The rest of it will just be sung like a non-dead human.'” — Chuck Klosterman on Chinese Democracy (as brought to my attention by DZ’s post last month; i could hardly copy and paste this without tearing up)

5. “Ross, I’m pregnant.” — my wife, Hannah, on being, in fact, pregnant 🙂

(Okay, I’m not exactly sure about the others, but the last one definitely did change my life.)