Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Quote from "Grace in Practice"

"Not long ago I read a newspaper article about an executive at Boeing. The reporter asked him to name the secret of his success, and he said, 'There is nothing I can do about the past. The only thing you can do anything about is the future.' Christ saw life differently. For Christ, the only thing you can do anything about is your past. God alone can deal with your future. If you have repented of your past, if you have taken an inventory of the full extent of hurt, victimhood, malice, and self-service that describe your achieved life, if you have said the one single needful word, 'sorry,' then that is all. There is nothing more. The future, which Paul would later call the 'fruit of the Spirit,' flows totally from the 'sorry.' The past resolved gives the present its only chance. The future is the Spirit's job." p. 11

6 comments:

Mr. T said...

That's a wonderful quote. I was up last night and made it through the first 50 pages of your Dad's new book. So so encouraging!

Mr. T said...

BTW, in case you're wondering - I sent a copy to Freeland, and to my brother in law who's recovering from back surgery. I've got 6 more coming from Amazon to pass out, and am wondering if I can can a discount if I order a case??!!!

Joshua Corrigan said...

I, too, am devouring the book. PZ does a fantastic job of "laying it all out" especially in that he truly engages his detractors and critics (who at times are critics of the gospel itself.) Every objection that pops in my head is immediately addressed. Whats more, PZ, in this book more than any other, has combined two rare qualities: illustrative passion(inspired descriptions) and varifiable content(calling it what it is). These two qualities (rarley found even alone) are married beautifully here in a way that makes Grace in Practice an absolute joy to read. To quote the man himself "run-dont walk" to get your copy.

Joshua Corrigan said...

Also, everyone go see "Children of men" at least twice. Thanks

Bryan Johnson said...

I just got it in the mail last night and read it until I went to bed. Its a breath of fresh air. Cannot wait to read it all!

AMvL said...

Oh yes, wait a minute Mister Postman
Please Mister Postman, look and see
If there's a book in your bag for me