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Have you ever felt that you wanted to get closer to God but didn't derserve even to try? This book explores God's love for us and how it isn't something we earn, but something that is; how that love leads us into relationship with God and with others; and how our hearts and lives are changed as we use the gifts God has given us to build community, growing toward perfect love.
This study will explore the biblical image of grace (and sin). Grace as a theological construct can be interpreted in a variety of ways among different Christian bodies. For some, for example, it might take on the extreme of "being able to sin boldly so that grace may abound." For others, the only knowledge of grace is how to fall from it. Within these extremes, lies the biblical understanding(s) of what grace is, how God mediates grace to humankind, and how persons embody that grace in their attitudes and behaviors to others.
Clifton Guthrie is Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Pastoral Studies at Bangor Theological Seminary in Bangor, Maine. He currently serves as the co-editor of Doxology: A Journal of Worship. Cliff has extensive teaching background at Candler School of Theology as well, having taught courses on systematic theology, preaching, United Methodist history, and worship and spirituality. His writing and editing credits include For All the Saints: A Calendar of Commemorations for United Methodists and numerous reviews and articles on the Christian calendar; pastoral care and practice, and worship issues. Cliff previously served as a local church pastor and youth minister and as an editor at the United Methodist Publishing House. He and his family reside in Bangor, Maine.