1. This is an excerpt from the introduction of Ragged: Spiritual Disciplines for the Spiritually Exhausted written by Gretchen Ronnevik (1517 Publishing, 2021), 122-125. Now available for preorder.
  2. God is holy, nothing I say or do or pray is going to make God any more or less holy. So what are we praying when we say, “hallowed be your name”?
  3. God's justice is marked and measured by sacrificial love, not power as the world defines it.
  4. I venture to assert I have never read, in the entire Scriptures, words more beautifully expressive of the grace of God than these two children words.
  5. When I hear people describe the god they don’t believe in, no longer believe in, or can’t bring themselves to believe in, I often nod in agreement. Yes, as a follower of Jesus, I do not and would not believe in that god either.
  6. The initial sin, therefore, was not the eating of the forbidden fruit but rather listening to a cynic question and intentionally misinterpret God’s goodness
  7. In Christ, God is not angry, but is your tender Father Who loves you with an everlasting love.
  8. If this opening verse offers to us both door and doorkeeper, then the doorkeeper stands with the door held securely shut.
  9. He’s the Grandpa who goes on and on about how delicious these mud pies are that we present to him. He laughs, honestly and sincerely, at our stupid jokes.
  10. We were created by our heavenly Father to receive all things from Him as free gift.
  11. If God is God, He doesn’t need anyone to defend Him. Nor does He need anyone to march for Him.
  12. Even a sinner who is crushed by the weight of her offenses, who feels in her bones the weight of judgment, shame, and doubt can expect to receive God's good word.

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