Further Reflections on Bishop Bledsoe and the Nature of Grace

The Nature of Grace I’ve got the whole concept of grace heavy on my mind today.  In a world held together by a gracious God, I am more and more aware that we don’t always receive what we want and never receive what we deserve. Others have written eloquently about this subject, particularly Dietrich Bonhoeffer:  “cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ,”  and Philip Yancey, “God dispenses gifts, not wages. None of us gets paid according to merit, for none of us comes close…

More Thoughts on Forgiveness

After I wrote what I posted yesterday, I saw this comic strip: Sometimes, a picture really does say it all. Life is too short to hold a grudge.  Or, as the scriptures put it, if you don’t forgive others, God won’t forgive you (Matt. 6:15).  The Practice of Forgiveness will be the first of the four essential Christian disciplines we will address during Lent this year.  See you on Sunday!