My sojourn to San Diego brought me to Harbor Presbyterian Church with then exposed me to the teachings of Tim Keller. It changed my life. I've become complacent recently, with the move, with Nick gone, and with some other pretty crummy things that have happened to me. So tonight I decided to get some theology in my life instead of the alternative, which is sitting around feeling sorry for myself. Here are some especially profound things I'll share with you.
“The gospel of justifying faith means that while Christians are, in themselves still sinful and sinning, yet in Christ, in God’s sight, they are accepted and righteous. So we can say that we are more wicked than we ever dared believe, but more loved and accepted in Christ than we ever dared hope — at the very same time. This creates a radical new dynamic for personal growth. It means that the more you see your own flaws and sins, the more precious, electrifying, and amazing God’s grace appears to you. But on the other hand, the more aware you are of God’s grace and acceptance in Christ, the more able you are to drop your denials and self-defenses and admit the true dimensions and character of your sin.”
― Timothy Keller
“When people say, "I know God forgives me, but I can't forgive myself," they mean that they have failed an idol, whose approval is more important than God's.”
― Timothy Keller
I get so sad when I hear people saying that Christians are stuck up, that they want bad people to go to hell, that they relish in being "better" than others, that they judge, judge, judge. Some of them do I guess, but they shouldn't. That's what I want people to know.