Revival Pizzas and Sewage Salads

Tonight at the men’s group, we listened to a message  George Otis, Jr, gave at a recent IHOP (not to be confused with the pancake place) service.  (I know I posted about this back here a few weeks ago, but it’s worth mentioning again.)  If you haven’t checked it out yet, make sure you do.  It’s awesome!  For faster internet connections (a.k.a. not my laptop), you can watch the video; otherwise the audio is also available.  (Feel free to skip the first chunk of it; he doesn’t really get going until the last 30-40 minutes of the message.)

Since I don’t want to just re-post an ad for George Otis, Jr, here are a few of my favorite quotes:

“It’s like this.  If you wanna learn to fly, the first thing you wanna ask your instructor in the seat next to you is, ‘Have you ever gotten a plane off the ground before?’  And if the answer is, ‘No,’ my advice is for you to get out of the cockpit at that point.”

“The body of Christ, particularly in the Western world today, has a really serious problem.  We have a deficit of memories, of real genuine revival and spiritual awakening and transformation.  Most Christians have never set foot in a community that has been impacted by the full measure of the Kingdom of God.”

“It feels extraordinary to us only because we’ve been living subnormal Christian lives forever.”

“If we have not encountered the great exploits of God in full measure, then how are we even gonna obey Psalm 145 to declare these things and describe them to the next generation?  The only way we can do that or obey that is to allow ourselves first to be exposed to these things ourselves.”

“We need to trade in our imaginations for experiences and memories.”

“A transformed community is a neighborhood, a city, a state, a nation whose values and institutions have been overrun by the grace and presence of God.  A transformed community is a place where divine fire has not merely been summoned; it has fallen.  A transformed community is a society in which natural evolutionary change has been disrupted by invasive, supernatural power.  A transformed community is a culture that has been impacted comprehensively and undeniably by the kingdom of God.”

“He doesn’t just save your soul; he fixes your dirt.”

“You have to understand, the presence of God is hovering over our city, and not a day goes by but that I and the other leaders of this church are approached by at least six, seven, or eight people during the day asking how they can be born again.  We don’t have time to plan; we’re too busy bringing the nets into the boat.”

“To equate transformation of society to the construction of a Gothic cathedral is to apply evolutionary thinking to a revolutionary context.  It doesn’t fit.”

“By the time we select a winning design, we identify a building site, we go through the permitting process, we hire a contractor, we erect the structure, and we stock it with food… all of our customers will be dead.”

“What if the problems we’re facing are so deeply entrenched and so intractable that we can’t make a difference?”

“We haven’t been called to make our communities better; we’ve been called to transform them.”

“We want revival, we hope for it, we wish for it, but in all honesty (in our heart of hearts) we really don’t expect it to happen anytime soon.  If it did, we’d kind of be surprised.  We’ve gotta change that mindset.  We have to start expecting it.”

“People think that revival is created on the surface of the moon… in the form of pizza pies.  And every once in a while, God creates one of these pizza pies and sends it, flings it off the moon.  And it comes spinning down though the Earth’s atmosphere (which is how it gets cooked), and you’re walking down the street minding your own business.  And suddenly this revival pizza lands on your left shoulder.  ‘Woah!  Where did that come from?  How did that get here?'”

“After 16 years of no breakthroughs, you’re not in the process of rebuilding, you’re in the habit of losing.”

“We’re late.  We’re late in this city.  We’re late in this city.  We’re late in this city.  We’re late on this issue down on the US-Mexican border.  There’s blood flowing around our ankles.  How many more people have to die while we’re getting our act together?”

“It’s like living in a house where the toilet’s overflowing.  And the sewage goes out first, and then it hits the wall and everything goes up because it’s got nowhere else to go out.  So there you are, living in that house, sitting on the sofa with a big tub of popcorn, popping it in your mouth while you’re watching a ball game or a movie while the sewage is up around your knees.  Or you’re standing in the kitchen at the island chopping lettuce for the salad that you’re gonna have that night while the sewage is now up to your waste.  Or you’re typing on your laptop.  And somehow it doesn’t dawn on you that this is not a normal scenario!”


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