What is forgiveness if it doesn’t cost anything?

If it doesn’t demand anything?

If grace is offered without change demanded

it is of no more substance than a swag bag

distributed at a weekend gathering

a souvenir of a good feeling

a receipt.

If grace is to mean anything

it demands community.

It demands authenticity.

It demands confession.

It demands sacrifice of one’s whole self.



About grantimusmax

Grant Barnes, aka Grantimus Maximus, aka The Nerdcore Theologian. He is a graduate of Perkins School of Theology with a Masters Degree in Divinity. He is also a commissioned elder in the United Methodist Church, and Senior Pastor at Hemphill First United Methodist Church and Pineland United Methodist Church. He graduated from Texas State University Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in English, minor in History. He watches way too many movies, reads too many books, listens to too much music, and plays too many video games to ever join the mundane reality people claim is the "Real World." He rejects your reality, and replaces it with a vision of what could be, a better one, shaped by his love for God.
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