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The real question is not how to avoid becoming a Pharisee; the question is how to recover from being the Pharisees that we already are...Law feels safe; grace feels risky. Rule-keeping breeds a sense of manageability; grace feels like moral vertigo. --From the Introduction
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Grace Walk: What You've Always Wanted in the Christian LifeSteve McVeyHarvest House Publishers / 2005 / Trade Paperback$9.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 20 Reviews
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"Dane Ortlund can flat-out write. He is a craftsman of prose, and more: he writes with theological discernment and an eye for heart application. To read this book is to have a surprising encounter with the Saviour. Dane walks us through the four Gospels, highlighting Christ's astonishing words and actions--actions never more astonishing than at Calvary. More than anything, as I read these pages I was reminded of the Saviour's stunning love for me and of his defiant grace--grace that is shockingly unmeasured, vast and free." --C.J. Mahaney, President, Sovereign Grace Ministries
"Dane Ortland's Defiant Grace is a very helpful guide to a gospel-centered understanding of Christianity. Drawing from material gleaned from all four Gospels, Ortlund presents us with the compelling picture of 'defiant grace'--so different from the pale and timid imitation of pallid amaemic religion. Read this book and soak in the gospel of grace!" --Josh Moody, Senior Pastor, College Church, Wheaton
"The world wants justice and, truth to tell, the church often wants that too. In this book, Dane Ortlund makes the case from the Gospels that what the church and the world to whom she witnesses needs is grace. Grace is counter-intuitive, beyond price and yet totally free. Left to ourselves, we hate it. We see it as demeaning. We regard it as witnessing to our moral corruption and weakness. Yet grace is God's way of salvation as revealed in the acts and sayings of Jesus in the four Gospels. This book is that strangest of things: the heartfelt rebuke which brings so much encouragement, freedom and joy. Well worth reading." --Carl R. Trueman, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
From the beginning, Jesus has been anything but predictable. Ortlund highlights four of his stunning surprises. In the book of Matthew, Jesus turned the religious community on its ear by pointing out that "the deepest distinction among human beings is not between the bad and the good, but between those who know they are bad and those who do not." By exposing the smug moralism in each self-righteous heart, Jesus made level the ground at the cross. "There is no one righteous, not even one" (Romans 3:10). In the book of Mark, Jesus blew the vision of a conquering king out of the water by condescending to the cross; a death reserved for the vilest criminal. In the gospel of Luke, Jesus completely reshaped the notion of who should be included in the kingdom of heaven and who should not by redefining those on the "inside" and those on the "out." Finally, in the book of John, Jesus shook the contemporary Greek and Jewish conception of God by merging the idea of Creator and creature through the revelation of his own deity; Immanuel -- God with us.
Two thousand years later, Jesus is still shaking things up and Ortlund offers a fresh look that extends us beyond our comfort zone. Whether we are new to the Christian faith or weve found a home there years ago, Ortlund challenges us to open our eyes to the wonder of God's amazing and defiant grace. - Ann Sullivan, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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