Tag Archives | Grace

Spirit, Love, and Grace | Paul Tillich

Paul TillichTheologically speaking, Spirit, love, and grace are one and the same reality in different aspects. Spirit is the creative power; love is its creation; grace is the effective presence of love in man.

—Paul Tillich in Amos Yong, Spirit of Love: A Trinitarian Theology of Grace (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2012), 79-80.

Global Fracture | Frank D. Macchia

Frank MacchiaThe fact that the global church is deeply fractured is a scandal that affects the capacity of the local church to experience the Spirit in all of the dimensions of grace possible in the here and now.

—Frank D. Macchia, Baptized in the Spirit: A Global Pentecostal Theology, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2006), 210.

Christian Initiation | Frank D. Macchia

Frank MacchiaMany Pentecostals lessen the power of their focus on Spirit baptism by removing it completely from Christian initiation and identity and making it merely an enhancement of power supplemental to the life of grace.

—Frank D. Macchia, Baptized in the Spirit: A Global Pentecostal Theology, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2006), 152.

Grace & Nature | Peter Kreeft

peter-kreeftJust as light, because it transcends all colors rather than being a rival color, brings out and perfects all colors, so divine grace, since it transcends nature rather than rivaling it, perfects nature rather than setting it aside.

—Peter Kreeft, Summa Philosophica (South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2012), 115.

Grace and Effort | Dallas Willard

Faith is not opposed to knowledge; it is opposed to sight. And grace is not opposed to effort; it is opposed to earning.

—Dallas Willard, Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1984, 1993, 1999), 194.

Galatians for You | Timothy Keller

The cover of Keller's Galatians for YouGalatians is a powerful letter that has inspired many responses. Luther’s Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians was one of his most important works. In it he fleshed out what it meant to be justified by Christ’s merits alone. Eugene Peterson was so driven to communicate the truth of Galatians to his church, he translated it into modern language—the birth of The Message. Now Timothy Keller launches a new study guide series: Galatians for You. (I wonder: is For You a comment on N. T. Wright’s For Everyone series?)

Having read this letter and many of its chief commentators in the past, I wanted a fresh take on it to inspire a weekly Bible Study and Prayer meeting at my church. Timothy Keller’s work fit the bill.

Keller is that unique person who is able to marry deep theological truth to practical reflection. On page after page, you are led to reflect on the meaning of the passage as well as how it can change your life. This is one of the few study guides where I’ve actually used many of the discussion questions at the end of each section.

I do have a few issues with Keller, largely resulting from the theological disconnect between my Wesleyan-Arminian roots and his Calvinism. I also was disappointed by his lack of interaction with the New Perspective on Paul (although he does offer a short appendix on his rationale).

That said, these issues are minor. Like the cover says, this is an excellent book for you to read, feed, and lead others with.

—Timothy Keller, Galatians for You (Surrey, UK: The Good Book Company, 2013).

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