Thoughts on Thursday – The Heart of the Gospel

I often like to share various quotes from things I’m reading.  I find it helpful for my own reflection to pull out highlights, and I hope you find it beneficial and stimulating in your own thoughts and understanding of seemingly random topics.

Exclusion and Embrace by Miroslav Volf

Exclusion and Embrace by Miroslav Volf

As many of you know, I have become a big fan of the work of Miroslav Volf, a Croatian, christian theologian out of Yale Divinity School.  I find his perspective illuminating on so many fronts its hard to nail down why I like him so much.  The next few quotes will come from his book, Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness and Reconciliation.  I may say this often, but I truly do believe that this is a book worth owning, reading, digesting, assimilating and making your own.

This weeks thought has to do with what I perceive to be at the heart of the gospel – the reconciliation of God and man, and its implications for our own consideration of or “enemies”.  Enjoy!

“Much more than just the absence of hostility sustained by the absence of contact, peace is communion between former enemies.  Beyond offering forgiveness, Christ’s passion aims at restoring such communion – even with the enemies who persistently refuse to be reconciled…

At the heart of the cross is Christ’s stance of not letting the other remain an enemy and of creating space in himself for the offender to come in.”

Miroslav Volf, Exclusion and Embrace, 126.

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About Chris Gensheer

Husband and father of four, living in Mansfield, TX, serving as Lead Pastor of Christ Church Mansfield. Connect with us at www.christchurchmansfield.com I also provide research and social media consulting work for other pastors, churches, and ministry leaders. Contact me at gensheer@mac.com for more.

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