A while back, a good friend of mine sent me a text out of nowhere saying that he had a gift for me. Puzzled, any understanding I had of grace and Theology went out the window, and my immediate response was “What did I do to deserve a gift?” Of course, he said, “Nothing.” Then the error of my ways set in and I realized that you can’t earn a gift. That’s why it’s a gift! My next thought, equally wrong, was “Man, I need to buy him lunch or something.” Now, there isn’t anything wrong with wanting to respond to a kind gesture with gratitude and being generous. But, there is something wrong with feeling the need to repay someone for a gift. Then it isn’t a gift. This kind of debtor’s ethic turns a gift into a financial transaction. It turns grace into legalism.
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I’ve been reading the Barbarian Way by Erwin McManus recently, and I’ve come into a dilemma that I have never had to deal with before: I actually want to highlight quotes and passages in this book. You were probably expecting something more enlightening. Well, sorry to disappoint. I’ve never written or highlighted in books before, except one of the Bibles I used to have. I’m not really sure why, maybe it’s left over from having to return school text books at the end of the school year. So, I did what anyone else would do given such an important problem: I posted it on Facebook to see what everyone else thought. Continue reading →
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