The Quotable Round-Up #115

rxrxbzuThere is new book that I would like to share with you that will hit the shelves on May. It’s from Jen Pollock Michel and the title of the book is Surprised by Paradox. I’m again involved with the book launching team and I’m happy to share the review and quotes from the book.  Surprised by Paradox will be released on May 14, but you can pre-order it on Amazon by clicking this link. While waiting for the release of the book, here are some great quotes from that book.

“Modernity gave us more certainty than uncertainty—or at the very least certainty in certainty. We’ve come to an unassailable confidence that mystery, by dint of inquiry and scientific effort, can be wrestled and pinned down and made to cry uncle. We are no longer victims of the unknowable: we are masters of our own understanding. The great modern lie is one of infinite human autonomy and control.”

As soon as we think we have God figured out, we will have ceased to worship him as he is. God, in his very being, is inscrutable and unsearchable. We do not approach God with the powers of logic, and should we try, we’re sure to stumble over the rock that is the crucified Christ.”

“We are tempted to look for God in the invisible, in the intangible, in the ethereal—and the God of Spirit is invisible, intangible, and ethereal. But the incarnation is also the death of abstraction. Salvation came through a body, redemption through a man. An unbounded, incorporeal God of Spirit clothed himself with flesh and entered the world of matter, never fearing that the act would sully his holiness.”

“The first sin was not only our love of the gift, it was our preference for the gift over the Giver. Sin distorted our relationship to the material world. Creation was no longer a means of knowing and serving and praising God, but a means of satisfying our own greedy appetites.”

“Life-changing encounters with God can begin with something as unremarkable as this: the unheroic decision to turn aside and pay paradox a little bit attention.”

“The paradox of God’s story is that He’s chosen to write it’s timelessness in the ticking heart of His Son and that he’s choosing to write it in our hearts too.”

“God solved the “divine dilemma” by sending his Son as a man, who would both pay the penalty for sin and reclaim humanity’s glory.”  

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