I recently finished reading through Brennan Manning’s book, The Ragamuffin Gospel. You may have heard of it as it’s become one of the modern classics of the faith. As with Divine Conspiracy, I came in with high expectations.
Overall, I thought it was average. It was a great explanation of the grace of God but I was left wondering how his ideas fit into discipleship. For me, grace is the easier part to understand and discipleship is the trickier part. In that light, I don’t think this book was in my wheelhouse but I did like how he developed his ideas on God’s grace. I believe that we collectively as Christians underestimate the grace of God today.
Here are some of my favorite quotes in this line of thought:
“It remains a startling story to those who never understand that the men and women who are truly filled with light are those who have gazed deeply into the darkness of their imperfect existence.”
“And though it is true that the church must always dissociate itself from sin, it can never have any excuse for keeping any sinners at a distance.”
“Genuine self-acceptance is not derived from the power of positive thinking, mind games, or pop psychology. It is an act of faith in the God of grace.”
“How long will it be before we discover we cannot dazzle God with our accomplishments?”
“If we are still tainted by the lie that we can do something to make God love us more, we are rejecting the message of the cross.”
“No evil can resist grace forever.”