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Common Grace: How to Be a Person and Other Spiritual Matters Hardcover – August 1, 2006
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Advance praise for Common Grace by Anthony B. Robinson This book was lived before it was written. Each essay, provides a rare, wry, and often comforting companion for those who have discovered that faith and doubt walk hand in hand. In a generous t
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Anthony B. Robinson was a minister at Plymouth Congregational Church in Seattle for 14 years. A regular contributor to such publications as the Christian Century and a popular speaker on spiritual and religious issues, he lives in Seattle.
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Are you a parent? Check out the chapters on parenting and "hyper-parenting." Are you weary of the regular push-and-pull debates over "conservative" versus "liberal" Christianity? Robinson's essays don't take sides, and they offer wonderful insights on such topics as forgiveness, blessings, grace, and suffering. And if you are concerned about some of the social and political issues that have sharply divided Americans in recent (and not so recent) years, you'll find engaging and original suggestions for thinking about those questions. For example, do we regard ourselves as citizens (who participate in a democratic process) or taxpayers (who simply pay because we're told to)? The author tackles these and many other topics in an accessible and generous spirit.
These essays touch on grand theological themes without an authoritarian insistence on theological dogma or ethical conformity. Still, Robinson has an abiding respect for these ancient treasures kept, as it were, in the earthenware and therefore fragile jars of the church.
Robinson is a pastor within the Christian tradition, but he wishes for that great wealth of simple wisdom to be available to all who seek after it.
So, what is it, this grace thing? He writes in a letter to his 14 year-old daughter, Laura, "Christianity is a religion of grace. It is not a religion of virtue, nor a religion of rules.... A religion of grace says, 'God loves you--that's the given. Because God loves you, act as if you are beloved.' Grace comes first." So it does.