Saturday, 16 May 2009

The Ragamuffin Gospel

For the past week or so I have been reading "The Raggamuffin Gospel” written by Brennan Manning. The whole book is full of brilliant insights that enable you to open the curtains, pull up the shutters and allow the light of God’s love to shine that little more brightly in your life. What a gift. Here’s some quotes.

“It is not those who are well who need the doctor but the sick. The church is not a museum for saints, but a hospital for sinners” (Morton Kelsey). Quoting Thomas Merton he says “A Saint is not someone who is good, but someone who experiences the goodness of God.”
“The child of God knows that the graced life calls them to live on a cold and windy mountain, not on the flattened plain of reasonable, middle of the road religion.”

“If in our hearts we really don’t believe that God loves us as we are, 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.”

“The Lord drove me deeper into solitude seeking not tongues, healing, prophecy or a good religious experience each time I prayed, but understanding and the quest for pur passionate presence.”

“If we are going to keep on growing, we must keep on risking failure throughout our lives. – men will always be making mistakes as long as they are striving for something (Goethe)”

“In every denomination Christians are seeking to win God’s favour by plunging into more spiritual activities, multiplying altars and sacrifices, making charitable contributions, lengthening the time of formal prayer and getting involved in more church related organisations. There is need for careful discernment here. The evidence of earnestness, sincerity and effort is considerable. The Christians lifestyle is pious, proper and correct. What is missing? He or she has not surrendered to the Christ of Grace.”

“Perhaps the real dichotomy in the Christian community today is not between conservatives & liberals, creationists & evolutionists but between the awake and asleep. Just as a smart man knows he is stupid, so the awake Christian knows he is a ragamuffin. If you really want to understand someone, don’t just listen to what they say, but watch what they do.”

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