Friday, February 15, 2008

Recent ruminations

1. I want to live in new freedom, with happy disregard for old restrictions which were not of God and never breathed life into me anyway. Galatians 5:1

2. I believe that life's deepest relationship is trust, which is why God asks for it. Trusting God is the platform on which everything desirable can and will happen. Jeremiah 17:5-8

3. When I see things truly, I see life as a gift, God continually pouring out his bounty into my open hands, not a bargain, God occasionally forking over my hard earned pay. 1 Corinthians 3:21-23

4. I prefer to focus on the Glory in Christian people rather than the weakness of the jars that contain the Glory. The ordinariness of our clay is obvious; the presence of the Glory is amazing. 2 Corinthians 4:7

5. I believe there is more grace in Christ than there is sin in me. Someone put it this bluntly. I can't remember who. Romans 5:20

6. The longer I live the more I doubt that we understand the gospel as clearly as we think we do. Our problems are not fundamentally personal (If only we were nicer people, it would all get better). Our problems are rooted in bad theology. We live in a mental universe of crime and punishment where everything makes sense and blaming is the obvious thing to do, not the real universe of grace and glory where Christ so forgives us as to free us from our compulsive finger-pointing. If our theology brought into clearer focus the grace of Christ, with its emotional and social implications, it would transform our relationships with one another. Galatians 2:11-21