"The last thing the faithful wish for is to be disturbed" (19).
"Most people do not go to church to be confronted with the gap between what they believe and practice and what their faith teaches and requires" (32).
"When a member of a congregation says to the preacher at the door of a church on a Sunday, "That was a first-rate sermon," he or she is saying that the preacher said all the things with which the person agreed" (32).
"People do not like to hear what they do not like to hear" (37).
(in honor of Peter Gomes, I'm posting some quotes, like a commonplace book, from The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus: What's So Good About the Good News? I'll add a few more as I finish reading. Thank you, Peter, for your ministry, and thank God for his life)