Quotation Marks: July/August 2013

"The fatigue of the day makes you fall asleep, but [God] understands."
Pope Francis, discussing his bedtime prayers with a crowd in St. Peter's Square.
Religion News Service

"Jesus tells us to love our enemies, not hate them after they're dead."
Martha Mullen, the Methodist woman from Virginia who arranged the burial of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev after an impasse with Massachusetts graveyards.
United Methodist Reporter

"That wasn't a prayer. It's that simple."
Rep. Steve Smith (R-Maricopa), on why an atheist colleague's morning invocation before the Arizona House of Representatives required a redo.
The Associated Press

"It became clear that what I feel as comfort was not affecting others the same."
John Piper, explaining why he deleted two much-criticized tweets that quoted Job 1:19–20 in the wake of the tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma, in May.
desiringgod.org

"I am exhausted."
David Norman, president of Erskine College and Seminary, resigning after weathering a court fight with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church over the school's theological identity.
news.erskine.edu

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