Tag: grace

Again in a Q-&-A at a recent church weekend, I found myself encouraging people to keep on ‘turning up.’ Old wisdom says, “90% of life is simply showing up.” I get that. But what about the things that we don’t want to show up to, but we have to?  Or the things that we do want to do, […]

Here’s some lyrics that really caught me again this week. Oldies but so true. “Wonderful grace,  That gives what I don’t deserve, Pays me what Christ has earned, Then lets me go free. Wonderful grace, That gives me the time to change, Washes away the stains That once covered me. And all that I have I […]

yes, One-way love……according to Tullian Tchividjian It is one of the books in my recent reading bundle, and it’s a goodie. So perhaps you’re not going to read all of it, or even some of it. Here are some of the best bits. “The Bible is one long story of God meeting our rebellion with […]

again and again….. the unavoidable goodness of grace seen another way……. “The nuns taught us there were two ways through life – the way of nature and the way of grace. You have to choose which one you’ll follow. Grace doesn’t try to please itself. Accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked. Accepts insults and injuries. Nature […]

yes, Jesus is enough. not Jesus + good times. Not Jesus + encouragement. Not even Jesus + good company and something of a bank balance. Plain, bald, simple. Jesus is enough. And if you’re not sure…… Hear Brennan Manning’s words:- “My life is a witness to vulgar grace- a grace that amazes as it offends. […]

Lent invites us to join Christ on the way of the Cross. It’s an intentional season of reflection and meditation. Even more, we’re challenged to arrange our lives in such a way as to be daily frustrated. Let me explain. We can each most easily default to comfort and convenience, we’re often unaware of how […]

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This huge-impact quote from Frederick Buechner has long been a favourite, so I circulate this again. Its again something I call myself back to…… “Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your […]

Robert Farrar Capon is a relatively recent discovery. Sadly he passed away in 2013. Here’s another grace-example of what he captures so well…….. “Grace is the celebration of life, relentlessly hounding all the non-celebrants in the world. It is a floating, cosmic bash shouting its way through the streets of the universe, flinging the sweetness of its cassations […]

I was chosen by God, Not because of any good thing I have done. I have a robe and a ring. I’m a son. Not because I deserved it. Or, had enough means to earn it. Or, could read enough books to confirm it From the beginning he’s been wooing me, Pursuing me, Winning me. […]