How Radical Is Grace?

How could you suggest we love the KKK? Or Neo-Nazis or the white supremacists? How could you suggest that you talk nice about Adolf Hitler, the man responsible for the death of millions of people during World War II?

How could you possibly suggest any kind or level of grace to such hate-filled, vile, despicable, evil people?

Because God’s grace is that scandalous. Continue reading “How Radical Is Grace?”

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Grace Is More

“Grace is more powerful than consequences. Grace overwhelms consequences. Even with consequences there is love and grace and the mercy of God in Christ.

Jesus says to us, “I know you messed up, and I know there are consequences, but I want to walk with you through the consequences. I want to love you through the consequences. And I even want to use the consequences in this whole big story.””

– Louie Giglio, The Comeback

What God Wants vs. What We Want

“He doesn’t want our dreams. He wants his dreams.

He doesn’t want us swimming in a kiddie pool of faith, a faith that’s only ankle deep. That a faith with no risk involved, a faith where we can still touch the bottom. God doesn’t want an easy road for us. No shortcuts.

Instead, God wants to take us on an adventure far out into the widest part of the ocean. He leads us into deep water where there’s no way our feet can touch bottom anymore.

That’s when we lean on God and constantly seek his face and heart and thoughts, because there’s no way we can even swim in the deepest part of the ocean unless we know the one who holds the seas in the palm of his hand.”

– Louie Giglio, The Comeback

The Only Person Who Can Say That….

If you had gone to Buddha and asked him: ‘Are you the son of Brahma?’ he would have said, ‘My son, you are still in the vale of illusion.’ If you had gone to Socrates and asked, ‘Are you Zeus?’ he would have laughed at you. If you had gone to Mohammed and asked, ‘Are you Allah?’ he would first have rent his clothes and then cut your head off. If you had asked Confucius, ‘Are you Heaven?’ I think he would have probably replied, ‘Remarks which are not in accordance with nature are in bad taste.’ The idea of a great moral teacher saying what Christ said is out of the question. In my opinion, the only person who can say that sort of thing is either God or a complete lunatic…

– C.S. Lewis

If There Is No Intelligence, Then I Can’t Have Any Either

“Supposing there was no intelligence behind the universe, no creative mind. In that case, nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking. It is merely that when the atoms inside my skull happen, for physical or chemical reasons, to arrange themselves in a certain way, this gives me, as a by-product, the sensation I call thought. But, if so, how can I trust my own thinking to be true? It’s like upsetting a milk jug and hoping that the way it splashes itself will give you a map of London. But if I can’t trust my own thinking, of course I can’t trust the arguments leading to Atheism, and therefore have no reason to be an Atheist, or anything else. Unless I believe in God, I cannot believe in thought: so I can never use thought to disbelieve in God.”


C.S. Lewis

Let’s Not Be Ugly

When Jesus Is Enough…

When Jesus is enough, we focus on what we have, not on what we don’t have, and not on what we still might lose.

When Jesus is enough, we bless God and don’t curse him.

When Jesus is enough, we gaze intently on God and run to him, not away from him.

When Jesus is enough, we believe God and don’t doubt him, even though we don’t understand our circumstances.

When Jesus is enough, we ask him to take the half of us that’s left and make that everything he wants us to be.

When Jesus is enough, we realize our hearts were made for Jesus, and Jesus isn’t just a theological idea – he’s a person and not just any person. He is the person our hearts and souls were made for.

That’s when Jesus is enough.

Louie Giglio, The Comeback