Adam Hamilton Quotes

  • When sermons start where people live - their questions, struggles, and concerns - and then offer a timely and helpful word from the Scriptures, people are more interested in hearing what else the Scriptures have to say.
  • If 'everything happens for a reason,' then every act of evil is ultimately God's doing.
  • I love the Bible. I read it every day. I spend 10 hours a week studying it. It has affected my life in profound ways. I am inspired when I read it.
  • As a pastor, I have a deep desire to lead people to God and encourage people to pray, read the Bible, and carry their faith into every part of their lives.
  • While some misuse their freedom to perpetrate evil, millions respond by feeling compelled to use their freedom to do good.
  • Christians believe that God is everywhere and is involved in our lives at every moment, whether we publicly acknowledge God or not.
  • I suspect that here theists and atheists would agree: Human beings have within them the ability to choose evil or good. We wake up each day facing the age-old struggle of good and evil. In some situations, mental illness clouds our judgment.
  • Many Christians do not believe God sends tornadoes. But they do believe that God walks with His children through the storms, that He sends His people to help after the storms, and that with and through God, there is always hope.
  • God seldom suspends the laws of nature, just as God does not remove free will to keep evil people from doing evil things.
  • In America our public schools are intended to be religiously neutral. Our teachers and schools are neither to endorse nor to inhibit religion. I believe this is a very good thing.
  • Learning to read the Bible in the light of the times in which it was written is critical.
  • We live in bodies that are fearfully and wonderfully made, yet they are not immune to illness and pain. We have hearts that are capable of experiencing great love, but sometimes they get broken.
  • The senseless killing of 20 children and their teachers and principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School was not part of God's grand plan. It was a thwarting of God's plan. It was the misuse of human freedom.
  • God seeks to influence humanity. This is at the heart of the Christmas story. It is the story of light coming into the darkness, of a Savior to show us the way, of light overcoming the darkness, of God's work to save the world.
  • Effective preaching starts with loving the people we're preaching to.
  • Jesus' own witness of sacrificial love and forgiveness, and his work to heal the sick and care for those in need, represent God's ways and vision for us.
  • I'm convinced many of America's heroes are public school teachers and administrators. Many of these people do what they do because of their faith.
  • I am a pastor, and I teach and preach the Bible to my congregation every week. But the Bible is not a manufacturer's handbook. Neither is it a science textbook nor a guidebook for public policy.
  • The earliest stories in Genesis were not written to tell primeval history. They were written to tell readers about themselves and about God.
  • I think anger is a normal response to something horrible that someone has done, another human being has done, and to rob people of life, and that's actually healthy to have, to feel that. At some point you have to figure out, 'How do I let that go?'
  • The Bible calls us to love our neighbors, and to do justice and love kindness, not to indiscriminately kill one another.