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Kingdom Colonies

23 Oct

Christians should work harder toward establishing colonies of the kingdom that point to our true home. All too often the church holds up a mirror reflecting back the society around it, rather than a window revealing a different way. If the world despises a notorious sinner, the church will love her. If the world cuts off aid to the poor and the suffering, the church will offer food and healing. If the world oppresses, the church will raise up the oppressed. If the world shames a social outcast, the church will proclaim God’s reconciling love. If the world seeks profit and self-fulfillment, the church seeks sacrifice and service. If the world demands retribution, the church dispenses grace. If the world splinters into factions, the church joins together in unity. If the world destroys its enemies, the church loves them.

That, at least, is the vision of the church in the New Testament: a colony of heaven in a hostile world.

Philip Yancey

What’s So Amazing About Grace? Zondervan, 1997, 262

Prerequisites for Grace

21 May

Imperfection is the prerequisite for grace. Light only gets in through the cracks.

Philip Yancey

What’s So Amazing About Grace? Zondervan, 1997

There But for the Grace of God…

3 Apr

One who has been touched by grace will no longer look on those who stray as “those evil people” or “those poor people who need our help.” Nor must we search for signs of “loveworthiness.” Grace teaches us that God loves because of who God is, not because of who we are.

Philip Yancey

What’s So Amazing About Grace? Zondervan, 1997

The Unfairness of Grace

22 Feb

God dispenses gifts, not wages. None of us gets paid according to merit, for none of us comes close to satisfying God’s requirements for a perfect life. If paid on the basis of fairness, we would all end up in hell… In the bottom line realm of ungrace, some workers deserve more than others; in the realm of grace the word ‘deserve’ does not even apply.

Philip Yancey

What’s So Amazing About Grace? Zondervan, 1997

Grace Reaches Down

22 Aug

Christ came down from heaven, and whenever his disciples entertained dreams of prestige and power he reminded them that the greatest is the one who serves. The ladder of power reaches up, the ladder of grace reaches down.

Philip Yancey

What’s So Amazing About Grace?, Zondervan, 1997, 266

The Parable of the Hired Workers

12 Jul

Jesus’ story makes no economic sense, and that was his intent. He was giving us a parable about grace, which cannot be calculated like a day’s wages. Grace is not about finishing last or first; it is not about counting. We receive grace as a gift from God, not as something we toil to earn…

God dispenses gifts, not wages.

Philip Yancey

What’s So Amazing About Grace? Zondervan, 1997, 61-2

The New Math of Grace

11 May

Grace means there is nothing I can do to make God love me more, and nothing I can do to make God love me less.

Philip Yancey

What’s So Amazing About Grace? 1997, 71.

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