As you've guessed by now, one of my big themes is grace. And I'm always keen to post all that is glorious about God's captivating grace. So here's another gem, another moment of celebration. Nadia's take on this........ “God's grace is not defined as God being forgiving to us even though we sin. Grace is when God is a source of wholeness, which makes up for my failings. My failings hurt me and others and even the planet, and God's grace to me is that my brokenness is not the final word ... it's that God makes beautiful things out of [...]
have need of grace. all deserve the Fathers kindness. I loved this paragraph from some snatched reading this week. "As Alcoholics Anonymous has shown with such sterling clarity, an addict's healing journey begins with the recognition that she is powerless, unable to save herself, completely at the mercy of a compassionate God. Indeed, this is where Jesus begins his teaching too, gathering his young, cocky disciples on a hill and saying, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom." The poor are the ptochoi, those who have come to the end of themselves, those who've hit rock [...]
"Hope is not about proving anything. It’s about choosing to believe this one thing: that love is bigger than anything anyone can throw at us." Anne Lamott 1 Philip Yancey tells us where the grace has gone. 2 Parker Palmer on what is and what could be. A few mins of video. 3 A six pointer reflecting on two different communication approaches. 4 Strategies for coping with long-meetings! Steve Tilley's playful insight. 5 Simon Parke reflects on change, and stains on the carpet.
“You said, how much?!” is what I called my talk from Matthew 20 today. I was cornered again by the impact that grace makes. Heres the audio file. The parable of the vineyard workers is a deeply unlikeable & profound gospel challenge! The kingdom of God, is not founded on the quality of the people in it, but on the unrestrained and lavish mercy of the God who came and got us. Maybe you & I will only get this story if we embrace grace. It’s about perceived justice, earning & mostly grace. Attitudes are key.…..for the Rewarder should be enough to [...]
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, but are afraid to begin? I want to encourage you to show up consistently and see what God does as a result. Just begin. Just show up and start. Show up and ask God to guide you as you go. In those times, as I begin [...]
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 lay at the feet Of the wonderful Saviour Who loves me. Wonderful love, That held in the face of death, Breathed in its latest breath Forgiveness for me. Wonderful love, Whose power can break every chain, Giving us life again Setting us free." John Pantry [...]
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 His rescue, our sin with His salvation, our guilt with His grace, our badness with His goodness. The overwhelming focus of the Bible is not the work of the redeemed but the work of the Redeemer. Which means that the Bible is not first a [...]
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 only wants to please itself. Get others to please it too. Likes to lord it over them. To have its own way. It finds reasons to be unhappy when all the world is shining around it. And love is smiling through all things. The nuns [...]