Grace is never cheap.

U2 is hard to beat as a band when it comes to raw emotion and energy. I just love the song entitled "Grace" from the "ALL THAT YOU CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND" Album. I like the clever way that Bono has personified the idea of grace. It is a very biblical idea to take a Godly characteristic and express it through a human being. I think that is what it means when Paul writes, God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself. Anyway I'm including this piece in the section Church without Walls, because at the core of our report to the General Assembly was the idea of a church living in grace. Peter Neilson describes the power of choosing to live in Grace as opposed to choosing to live by works. In this short clip he describes the radical alternative that grace brings into our lives. Listen to Peter describe the Cycle of Grace.  Another challenging book to read is "What's so Amazing about Grace", by Philip Yancy. I believe that Bono has been punting this book to a number of his friends. It really is worth a read. Now since you've stuck with me this far, I've got one final treat for you. Sit back relax and watch the screen. Here is the Cycle of Grace video, using Bono's song and the fantastic editing skills of Rae Manger who works in the church video studio. THE CYCLE OF GRACE. Oh one more thing if you have never read Dietrich Bonhoeffer's classic book The Cost of Discipleship read it, it will have a profound effect on you. Above all enjoy GRACE.
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Posted By: brodie   On: 16 Mar 2007   At: 10:40am

Albert - good post and a good challenge to the church as a whole to live in grace and as communities of grace. I like the definition of grace that goes, “grace accepts us as we are but loves us too much to leave us that way”.

Bonhoeffer’s The cost of Discipleship is as you say a classic. To this I’d recommend reading, Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace, by Miroslave Volf.

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