Monday, August 25, 2014

Pretenders In The Spirit

"The ragamuffin gospel reveals that Jesus forgives sins - including sins of the flesh - that he is comfortable with sinners who remember how to show compassion, but that he cannot and will not have a relationship with pretenders in the Spirit." ~ Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel

Monday, August 18, 2014

Honoring God's Love

"We are enamored and enchanted by God's power.  We stutter and stammer about God's holiness.  We tremble before God's majesty...and yet we grow squeamish and skittish before God's love... 
[The] gifted English mystic Julian of Norwich: 'The greatest honor we can give Almighty God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of his love.'"  ~ Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel

Monday, August 11, 2014

Good News

"The Good News means we can stop lying to ourselves.  The sweet sound of amazing graces saves us from the necessity of self-deception.  It keeps us from denying that though Christ was victorious, the battle with lust, greed, and pride still rages within us....When I go to church I can leave my white hat at home and admit I have failed.  God not only loves me as I am, but also knows me as I am."  ~ Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel