Tag Archives | God

Experiencing God | Victor A. Shepherd

Victor ShepherdIn much of the church today there is a misguided emphasis on our experience of God. If we are serious about God, our experience with God will in fact overtake us; but if we are serious first of all about an experience of God, that is qualitatively no different from a seriousness about our experience of anything. “God” becomes no more than the intrapsychic event of our experience, and the reality of the personal encounter escapes us.

—Victor A. Shepherd, The Committed Self: An Introduction to Existentialism for Christians (Toronto, ON: BPS Books, 2015), 220.

God Must Love | Thomas Jay Oord

Thomas Jay OordGod must love. To put it as a double negative: God cannot not love. Kenotic love is an essential attribute of God’s eternal nature.

—Thomas Jay Oord, The Uncontrolling Love of God: An Open and Relational Account of Providence (Downer’s Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2015), 161.

Idea of God | Thomas Merton

Thomas MertonNo idea of Him, however pure and perfect, is adequate to express Him as He really is. Our idea of God tells us more about ourselves than about Him.

—Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation (New York: New Directions Books, 1972), 15.

Playing God | Tom Smail

We are often told that to intervene in the process of nature and especially in matters of life and death is to play God. But if we are made in the image of God, then to play God is exactly what we are invited to do.

—Tom Smail, Like Father, Like Son: The Trinity Imaged in Our Humanity (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2005), 162.

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