Philip Yancey Quotes (Author of Whats So Amazing About Grace?) (page 15 of 22)
'Amazing Grace'—The story behind one of the best-loved songs of all time
If grace is God's love for the undeserving, he asks, then what does it look like in action? And if Christians are its sole dispensers, then how are we doing at lavishing grace on a world that knows far more of cruelty and unforgiveness than it does of mercy? Yancey sets grace in the midst of life's stark images, tests its mettle against horrific 'ungrace. Can it triumph over the brutality of the Ku Klux Klan? Should any grace at all be shown to the likes of Jeffrey Dahmer, who killed and cannibalized seventeen young men? Grace does not excuse sin, says Yancey, but it treasures the sinner. True grace is shocking, scandalous.
What's So Amazing About Grace? The book examines grace in Christianity , contending that people crave grace and that it is central to the gospel , but that many local churches ignore grace and instead seek to exterminate immorality. These include a modern retelling of the Parable of the Prodigal Son , an account of Yancey's friendship with Mel White who came out as homosexual, a comparison of the teachings of early Christians Pelagius and Augustine of Hippo , and a summary of Karen Blixen 's short story " Babette's Feast ". In it, Yancey coined the phrase "scandal of grace", referring to the idea that God forgives some of the worst people, citing the conversion of Paul the Apostle. In , it ranked 17th on Christianity Today ' s list of fifty books that have shaped Evangelicals the most. In a Publishers Weekly review, Henry Carrigan notes an anecdotal style that can be frustrating but ultimately worth reading. For the Presbyterian Record , Canadian Christian writer Phil Callaway writes that he found the book refreshing and inspirational.
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me! Chances are, you started humming along as you read those lyrics. Considering that some estimates claim that the beloved spiritual is performed roughly 10 million times annually, it's no wonder. We tend to sing its words and reflect on them in terms of our own lives—grateful for God's grace—and understandably so. But knowing where the song came from allows us to appreciate it in a new and more profound way.
What's So Amazing About Grace Lyrics: I was getting off the ninth floor elevator, and I was walking down the hall, and I heard Play This Song.
love is the answer and you know that for sure
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The first and most important answer is: Nothing. You need to know I believe in grace, and it is indeed amazing. Whether you consider yourself a follower of Jesus or not, you are here because of grace, you are alive because of grace. If you wake up tomorrow morning and get to live another day, that will be because of grace. What is grace? Of course, if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you know more than that about grace: you know that God forgave your sins when that was the last thing you deserved, that God has welcomed you into his family, made you his friend, taken you into his confidence about his plans for the world, encourages you to be his apprentice in turning the world right side up. But I do have some problems with the song called Amazing Grace, because I actually think grace is bigger and therefore more amazing than the song lets on.