8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Our Good Crisis” by Jonathan K. Dodson

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Anyway, here’s some quotes from the book, Our Good Crisis by Jonathan K. Dodson published by InterVarsity Press. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

“Moral or ethical failure is often behind the crises that put us up in arms or down in the dumps. A failure of morals,
not nerve, lurks behind scandal and injustice.”

“The seed of every crisis exists in every one of us. No one is immune. But  if we can get a handle on our moral turbulence, we can ­contribute not only to our own good but also to the good around us.”

“The sermon opens with a series of declarations—beatitudes—that call for goodness. Beatitude is a strange but compelling word.  It comes from the Latin word beatitudo, which is a translation of  the Greek word makarios, meaning blessed, favored, or flourishing. The Beatitudes show us eight ways to live a blessed life (or nine, depending how you read Matthew 5:10‑12). “

” the Beatitudes is plural not singular—the poor, those who mourn, the humble, the merciful. Every subject is plural, which means Jesus isn’t calling just individuals to the character of the kingdom; he’s calling a whole community—the church—to be poor in spirit. “

“The kingdom of heaven is breaking into this world through God’s people. If you are already a citizen by the grace of God, live like it! Don’t settle for the kingdom of self.”

“When we are honest with God about our sins, forgiveness and comfort come rushing in. When we get beneath the routine busyness of life and discover we aren’t as noble or moral as we thought, mourning in the presence of the Comforter guides us to a better version of ourselves.”

” With Christ, the greatest and humblest of beings mystically indwelling us by faith, we don’t have to assign ourselves weight. We don’t have to conjure a lovely idea of the self. Instead a glory outside us comes to live in us: Christ in us, the hope of glory. Jesus secured this glory for us through his debt-paying death on the cross and his mighty resurrection: his injury for our reward, his obedience for our disobedience, his righteousness for our unrighteousness. It hardly seems fair. That’s grace! “

“Today insisting on exclusive allegiance to Jesus as the one true God and Savior of humanity is also radical. It’s a declaration of war against the cult of expressive individualism. It’s unpopular
to denounce the self, but it isn’t enough to confess Jesus as Lord. His lordship must be visible. It isn’t enough to have great theology about Jesus and claim him as your king. It isn’t enough to
say he is the God and there is no other. Rather our allegiance to him must be evident in our character and action. We must care for the poor, practice righteousness, seek purity, and make
peace with others. The Beatitudes of Jesus must define us. “

Book Review: Humble Calvinism by Jeff Medders

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Humble Calvinism is a call for all Calvinist to bow down to humility. As believers of the doctrine of grace, we have the tendency to puff ourselves in front of Arminians and sadly to unbelievers. Rather that have that attitude and because we have the biblical truth, we must clothe ourselves with utmost humility that the God of the doctrine of grace may magnified through a holy attitude. Medder’s didn’t have to take the readers any where else to see humility. He points them to the 5 points of Calvinism itself as the basis of such attitude. The 5 points screams meekness for the believers and Medders gladly discusses it in every chapter.  You can feel that every points or TULIP acrostics pounds you back to earth and makes you gaze up to look upon God’s goodness.

In the introduction and initial chapter are fast paced as it sets up the case of humility for the Calvinist. Medders shows his witty writings. However, it slows down a bit as Medders unpacks the 5 points. Medders is on serious mode in the following chapters but not that heavy or dark. Just light seriousness not a thundering one. Very different from the other books he authored.

Nevertheless, J. A. Medders is such a wordsmith that he nails every points at the same time ignites your mind of the readers. The opening chapter already grabs our attention. He is an effective communicator that you should not let him escape from your radar. In Humble Calvinism, he really did a fine job getting those words that sometimes are hard for us to come up with. His reservoir of words spills out from these pages and makes you wait to flood to the next book he’ll be writing. In Humble Calvinism, you can pick up lots of one liners in the book that you can post on your social media that will strike your friends. Those one liners are gems found in a treasure chest of a book like this.

This book reminds me of Killing Calvinism by Greg Dutcher and Graciousness by John Crotts.  I would like to add in the mix Joshua Harris, Humble Orthodoxy. All books are faithful reminder that we should lay down our arrogance and handle the doctrine with care. Each books have their own way and time on conveying the cage stage problem.

Isn’t a coincidence that this book will be released this year as we celebrate the 400th year of the Synod of Dort and 10th year of the “Young, Restless and Reformed” movement? Let it be a constant reminder that in any time in history, Christian should be reminded of the grace of God that saved us sinners. Humble Calvinism is an antidote for the cage stage and a refreshing water to the dreary Christians who are tired of seeing Calvinism as a dry, lifeless slab of stone but a living, active energy that is contagious.

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My verdict:

4.5 out of 5