Good News: Extravagant Grace
- Sunday, August 19, 2018
- By Ross Smillie
Life isn’t fair. Some people get all the breaks. Other people get more than their share of hard knocks. To a huge extent, success depends on luck: where you are born, when you are born, and the accidental things that happen to you along the way. And over generations inequalities become entrenched. Some become insiders, and others become outsiders, some are privileged, others are disadvantaged. In the book of Ephesians, Paul (or the disciple writing in his name) celebrates the good news that God isn’t very impressed with our categories. God’s grace is offered to all, without distinction. Where luck and inequality divide people and create hierarchies, God’s grace unites and equalizes people. God's kin(g)dom turns the world upside down.
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