Chapter Nine: Jesus Is For Losers

“I’m convinced that the world is looking not for Christians who are perfect but for Christians who are honest. And the problem is that we haven’t been honest, and we have pretended that we are perfect. The church should be a place where imperfect people can fall in love with a perfect God.” (p. 237). In what ways can the church be more honest?

“Bono, the great theologian (and decent rock star), said it like this in his introduction to a book of selections from the Psalms: ‘The fact that the Scriptures are brim full of hustlers, murderers, cowards, adulterers, and mercenaries used to shock me. Now it is a source of great comfort.’ Thank God for grace. Moses killed someone. So did David. And Saul. Half the Bible is written by some pretty messed-up people. But that’s why it is a love story. God is bigger than our mistakes. Grace gets the last word.” (p. 245). How do you give thanks for God’s gift of grace? What are you particularly thankful for?