Some favorite quotes

Quotes on Grace
"Grace is God reaching down. Faith is man reaching back." (author unknown)

"Justice is when we get what we deserve. Mercy is when we don't get what we deserve. Grace is when we get what we don't deserve!"  (author unknown; this is sometimes phrased as "you" instead of "we")

Definition of grace  inChristian Ethics/A Historial Introduction by Philip Wogaman: “being treated as innocent when one is in fact guilty.”

"All  human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us, and the change is painful" (Novelist Flannery O'Connor)

"In the Christian faith, we expect the kind of forgiveness that we would never give to others – we want God to cut us some slack, but we never cut that kind of slack to others."(Garrison Keilor; paraphrased, from memory)

Quotes on belief and faith

"Don't ask if you believe, but ask whether you have this day done the one thing because the Lord asked you to do it." (George MacDonald)

"First believe, then know." (St. Augustine)

Quotes on the church

"If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one go there unwarned and unprayed for." (Charles Spurgeon --1834-1892)

"The church of Jesus Christ is an unusual organization in that it exists solely for the purpose of those who are not members." (author unknown)

A very old, out-of-print manual for church councils states that the purpose of any congregation was to expend itself on behalf of others. Even to the point of non-existence, if that is what it took!! (author unknown)