May 21, 2004Spirituality)
"Even with all the right Sunday school answers, sometimes the best thing you can do is be brutally honest and say, 'This hurts a whole lot and really ticks me off.' God is big enough to handle it."
-Bart Millard, lead singer and primary songwriter for MercyMe, the chart-topping Christian band behind the hit song "I Can Only Imagine." In the span of a few months before the release of their latest album, Undone, the band dealt with the death of nine people in some way connected to the band. (Source: CCM, May 2004)Celebrity)
"I don't want to promote myself; I want to promote Jesus."Spirituality)
"It pisses the wife off a bit, but God always gets thanked first."Celebrity)
"This business tests you constantly: the materialism, the pride, the ambition. Paul says, 'I have died to myself and its no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.' We're supposed to 'die to ourselves' -- and I'm paying a publicist $3,000 a month to make sure everybody knows who I am?"
-Actress Patricia Heaton, star of Everybody Loves Raymond. (Source: People, April 5, 2004)Spirituality)
"I think Jesus is a scary subject. God you can make into anything you want. But confronted [with Jesus] you have to say, 'I believe that or I don't.' It's very powerful."
-Actress Patricia Heaton, star of Everybody Loves Raymond. (Source: People, April 5, 2004)
May 18, 2004Substance Abuse)
"We don't have to get stupid and drunkówe can have fun without drinking. You're not supposed to drink in clubs till you're 21, so we have Red Bulls ... I don't want to have a drink and have someone whip out a camera phone and Disney getting it. It's not worth it! I don't want to risk my career for a night of having fun."
May 17, 2004Appearance)
"The biggest thing I feel for Britney is I feel sad for her. I also feel sad for the nine or 10-years-old watching her who see her dressing in a very promiscuous fashion, almost asking for people to treat her as a sex object. They are going to start dressing that way too."
-Christian pop star Rebecca St. James, who recently released a live worship CD and greatest hits album and is a spokesperson for the True Love Waits abstinence campaign. (Source: CNN.com, May 16, 2004)
May 13, 2004Artistry)
"I expected it to be bad, and it is."Spirituality)
"I dare you to believe in God. I dare you to think [our existence] wasnít an accident."Spirituality)
"I sometimes think God is a shit--and he wouldn't be worth it otherwise. He's much more interesting when he's a shit."
May 12, 2004Politics)
"For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes. But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course thatís Moses, not Jesus. I havenít heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere."