Tag Archives | Victor A. Shepherd

Love or Understand | Victor A. Shepherd

Victor ShepherdThe reason we are commanded to love God rather than to understand him is that love determines both our thinking and our doing.

—Victor A. Shepherd, The Committed Self: An Introduction to Existentialism for Christians (Toronto, ON: BPS Books, 2015), 184.

In Control | Victor A. Shepherd

Victor ShepherdMany people understand sovereignty to mean unlimited, unqualified power, or the capacity to coerce and control. However, this kind of power is more typical of evil. God is sovereign, but he is not all-controlling; the problem with the world is that, while God is sovereign, we are in control.

—Victor A. Shepherd, The Committed Self: An Introduction to Existentialism for Christians (Toronto, ON: BPS Books, 2015), 213.

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.

Force and Authority | Victor A. Shepherd

Victor ShepherdForce is what is exercised by a person who lacks genuine authority; the person of genuine authority has no need to manifest force, because his authority is recognized.

—Victor A. Shepherd, The Committed Self: An Introduction to Existentialism for Christians (Toronto, ON: BPS Books, 2015), 151.

Christian Freedom | Victor A. Shepherd

Victor ShepherdFor Christians, freedom is the removal of every impediment to acting in accord with one’s true nature as a child of God. … To be free is always to have been freed— freed for the service of God and neighbour.

—Victor A. Shepherd, The Committed Self: An Introduction to Existentialism for Christians (Toronto, ON: BPS Books, 2015), 32.

Lord of the Book | Victor A. Shepherd

Victor ShepherdWhile the Bible has a unique role in God’s economy, we must never confuse our I-It relationship to the Book with our I-Thou relationship with the Lord of the Book.

—Victor A. Shepherd, The Committed Self: An Introduction to Existentialism for Christians (Toronto, ON: BPS Books, 2015), 254.

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