"Salvation is not getting your sins forgiven, it is receiving His Life. [John 10:10] It is about what happens in you when you realize and appropriate the love of God. It is the pilgrimage from induction to reproduction."
"Acronym for Grace - God's Ridiculous Agape Captivating Everyone."
"Agape reckons, counts, attributes, infers, judges and weighs (contrary to our expectation) absolutely no evil whatsoever, be it an evil nature, error, thought, feeling or even any action or behaviour, be it base, wrong, wicked, troublesome, injurious, pernicious, destructive or baneful. Agape reckons it not." ~ The Anderson-Walsh interpretation of 1 Corinthians 13:6a (based on KJV with Strong's Numbers)
"Eros says, "I love you because I need you."
"Agape says, "I need you because I love you."
"Agape rejoices in the Truth. Definition of "Rejoice" - Exults, rejoices, triumphs, expresses great joy, glories in, is jubilant, feels happiness or joy, walks on air, on cloud nine, jumps for joy, ecstatic, wallows.
To describe the Lord God Almighty as the dancing God who rejoices over us with singing is, for many a difficult concept to fit within their religious construct. Yet, He is indeed the Lord of the Dance and it is into that divine rhythmic movement that we have been enjoined. God is in the rejoicing business which is a delight to all but those predisposed to religion.
Whilst this dance is a delight to Prodigals, it is an outrage to Elder Brothers. Who can ever forget the portrait of indignation which is the Elder Brother in the story of the Prodigal Son; how the Elder Brother froze in disbelief which quickly turned into fury as he approached the house and heard the music and dancing [Luke 15:25]?
What great disservice has been done to the Lord and His children by those who have presented Him as the killjoy of the universe?!?! To so many, it seems that John 15:5 has been mistranslated and should read as "because of You, I can do nothing." Far from being a killjoy, our Lord was killed for the joy set before Him [Heb. 12:2] and yet, He is still perceived through the performance-tinted spectacles of the Law as being the "bah-humbugging" Ebenezer Scrooge of the universe with the "church" cast in the role of Bob Cratchit.
The Elder Brothers of this world, just like King David's wife, Michal in 2 Samuel 6, have no interpretative grid for reckoning the Father as being the God who will be even more undignified that the father in the parable of the Prodigal Son. It is simply not a concept on their radar. However, in these days, amidst the dirge of religion, there are those of us who can hear the refrain of perichoresis, the sound of the dancing God."
"Christianity is not a religion; it's the proclamation of the end of religion. Religion is a human activity dedicated to the job of reconciling God to humanity and humanity to itself. The Gospel, however - the Good News of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ - is the astonishing announcement that God has done the whole work of reconciliation without a scrap of human assistance. It is the bizarre proclamation that religion is over, period." ~ Robert Capon
"If [God's] holiness demands something in return from those He loves, it is clear that His holiness makes God incapable of unconditional love! If holiness is a condition, His love is not unconditional. If His nature forces Him to disassociate with certain types of people, His nature stands in the way of His ability to love unconditionally." (quoting Charles Stanley)