God's Spirit moves through us and the world at a pace that can never be constricted by any one religious paradigm. I love that.
It's stasis that kills you off in the end, not ambition.
You've gotta be very careful that grace and politeness do not merge into a banality of behavior, where we're just nice, sort of 'death by cupcake.'
Happy the country that lives on nothing but its wits; cursed be the one that thinks it can get rich by planting or digging or drilling for wealth.
The job of art is to chase ugliness away.
I put Catholic guilt to work pretty good for a rich rock star.
The great moments of rock 'n' roll were never off in some corner of the music world, in a self-constructed ghetto.
I always think if you are asking somebody for something it is a good idea to give them something first.
As hard as it is, as ghetto as it is, hip-hop is pop music. It's the sound of music getting out of the ghetto, while rock is looking for a ghetto.
God is so big. It's a gigantic concept in God. The idea that God might love us and be interested in us is kind of huge and gigantic, but we turn it, because we're small-minded, into this tiny, petty, often greedy version of God, that is religion.
It's so sweet, I feel like my teeth are rotting when I listen to the radio.
What I like about pop music, and why I'm still attracted to it, is that in the end it becomes our folk music.
When a nation is over-reliant on one or two commodities like oil or precious minerals, corrupt government ministers and their dodgy associates hoard profits and taxes instead of properly allocating them to schools and hospitals.
What really turns me on about technology is not just the ability to get more songs on MP3 players. The revolution - this revolution - is much bigger than that. I hope, I believe. What turns me on about the digital age, what excites me personally, is that you have closed the gap between dreaming and doing.
I think ABBA have a pure joy to their music and that's what makes them extraordinary.
What turns me on about the digital age, what excited me personally, is that you have closed the gap between dreaming and doing. You see, it used to be that if you wanted to make a record of a song, you needed a studio and a producer. Now, you need a laptop.
Jesus isn't lettin' you off the hook. The Scriptures don't let you off the hook so easily... When people say, you know, 'Good teacher', 'Prophet', 'Really nice guy' ... this is not how Jesus thought of Himself.
As a rock star, I have two instincts, I want to have fun, and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both.
If you pour your life into songs, you want them to be heard. It's a desire to communicate. A deep desire to communicate inspires songwriting.
But with Christ, we have access in a one-to-one relationship, for, as in the Old Testament, it was more one of worship and awe, a vertical relationship. The New Testament, on the other hand, we look across at a Jesus who looks familiar, horizontal. The combination is what makes the Cross.
Where you live in the world should not determine whether you live in the world.
What's so powerful about the Psalms are, as well as they're being gospel and songs of praise, they are also the blues.
My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them.
You see, idealism detached from action is just a dream. But idealism allied with pragmatism, with rolling up your sleeves and making the world bend a bit, is very exciting. It's very real. It's very strong.
Religion can be the enemy of God. It's often what happens when God, like Elvis, has left the building.
The less you know, the more you believe.
The extraction of oil, coal and minerals brought, and still brings, a cost to the environment.
Music can change the world because it can change people.