From “Between Noon & Three: Romance, Law & the Outrage of Grace”, by Robert Farrar Capon

The Reformation was a time when men went blind, staggering drunk because they had discovered, in the dusty basement of late medievalism, a whole cellar full of fifteen-hundred-year-old, two-hundred proof GRACE – bottle after bottle of pure distilate of Scripture, one sip of which would convince anyone that God saves us single-handedly. The word of the Gospel – after all those centuries of trying to lift yourself into heaven by worrying about the perfection of your bootstraps – suddenly turned out to be a flat announcement that the saved were home before they started…Grace has to be drunk straight: no water, no ice, and certainly no ginger ale; neither goodness, nor badness, not the flowers that bloom in the spring of super spirituality could be allowed to enter into the case.

Nate Nate (3 Posts)

Nate is a New Testament PhD student at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. He is also the executive director of Aligned Grace Resources, a Christian organization he founded with his father to develop church ministries that promote gender wholeness. You can also follow him on his personal blog at nccollins.com.


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