Random Notes From What I’m Reading

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Grace

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“Grace threatens all my normalities.”

Gerald May

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August 18, 2008 at 10:17 am

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Doubt

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Who in the world do you think you are two second-guess God? Do you for one moment suppose any of us knows enough to call God into question? Clay doesn’t talk balk to the fingers that it mold, saying, “Why did you shape me like this?” Isn’t it obvious that a potter has a perfect right to shape one lump of clay into a vase for holding flowers and another into a pot for cooking beans? If God needs one style of pottery especially designed to show his angry displeasure and another style carefully crafted to show his glorious goodness, isn’t that alright? Either or both happens to Jews, but it also happens to the other people.

Romans 9:20-33 in The Message

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August 17, 2008 at 2:33 pm

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Faith

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“Faith is not about how we feel, it is about how we live.”

Anne Lamott in “Plan B: Further Thoughts On Faith”

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August 16, 2008 at 10:12 am

A World Turned Upside Down By Humanity’s Rebelling

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“You live in a world turned upside down by humanity’s rebelling. Sometimes things don’t make sense. When you don’t let your daughter Sara play near the street, it doesn’t make sense to her. One day it will. God loves with a love greater than you can know. He doesn’t want anyone separated from him. But some will be. One day that will make sense.”

David Gregory in “Dinner With A Perfect Stranger”

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August 15, 2008 at 12:18 pm

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Compassion

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“Compassion does not originate in our bleeding hearts or moral sweat, but in God’s mercy.”

Romans 9:15 in The Message

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August 14, 2008 at 2:30 pm

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Expectations

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“God doesn’t want or expect you to get it together before you come along, because you can’t get it together until you come along.”

Anne Lamott in “Plan B: Further Thoughts On Faith”

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August 13, 2008 at 10:04 am

The Disordered Mess of Struggling Humanity

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“God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn’t deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all. The law code, weakened as it always was by fractured human nature, could never have done that.”

Romans 8:3 in The Message

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August 12, 2008 at 2:26 pm

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