1. Can God enter somewhere where he should not be? Paulson looks at the assertion that if God gets too dirty or too near to sin, he is no longer God.
  2. God’s goodness spoke a promise of peace and mercy to the bewildered, a promise that rings out to this day.
  3. Faith is like a horse with blinders because it only beholds God’s promise. It is obsessed with what God has already said.
  4. Sometimes I think we should be more tempted to laugh at the gospel than we are, not in derision but in sheer surprise and awe.
  5. With Christ as the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, the future is secure already. It’s solid right now, even when the cords seem to be fraying.
  6. History is the painful realization that we aren’t the ones who can save the world but, rather, we’re the ones who get saved.
  7. Christian mercy should not seek its own. It must be round, and open its eyes and look at all alike, friend and foe, as our heavenly Father does.
  8. The undercurrent of Scripture is the sheer fact that Jehovah God is a God of his word.
  9. The worship service is less like servants entering the throne room to wait on the king’s needs and more like a father joining his family around the dining room table.
  10. The Trinity is a handy shorthand for all that God has done to justify sinners.
  11. Our God is the one who brings back the exile, who restores the outcast, he is the one who devises means to do so.
  12. Our only hope in life and death is that God loves sinners, who fail and forget constantly, with a love that is just as constant.
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