A Gentle Revolution Will Come Through These

A gentle revolution will come through the little cadre of Christian fools who are willing to overthrow the established order by rearranging their lives around the mind of Christ.  Their quest is transparency through truthfulness, and their lifestyles will be shaped by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

– Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page 175

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The Love of Christ on the Cross is a Burning Reality

The love of Jesus Christ on the Cross was a burning reality for Magdalene, and her life is utterly incomprehensible without it.  If you wish to speak of the Christian life, authentic spirituality, or the gifts of the Holy Spirit, you speak of Jesus Christ nailed to the Cross or you do not speak at all.

– Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page 171

The Cross Confronts Us with the Cost of Discipleship

The Cross confronts us with the cost of discipleship, reminds us that there is no cheap Pentecost, and carries within it the living power to enable us to endure the inevitable humiliations, rejections, sacrifices, and loneliness that the journey to higher Christian consciousness imposes.

– Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page  170-171

The Cross is a Confrontation

The cross is a confrontation with the overwhelming goodness of God and the mystery of his love.  God is pleased when we work, he is delighted when we sing.  And the saved sinner sings “It is right to give him thanks and praise.”

– Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page 169

The Gift Mediated Here is the Power of Selfless Service

In his Passion, Jesus moves completely out of himself.  He is the man for others.  He forgets himself.  He is concerned about his apostles (John 18:8).  He tries to reach out Pilate. He comforts the women on the way to the Cross.  He pardons the good thief.  He provides for the care of Mary and John as they stand at the foot of the Cross.  The gift mediated here is the power to move out of oneself through selfless service.

– Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page 168

What We Must First Recognize

We cannot possess the mind of Christ until we recognize ourselves as forgiven enemies of God and in like manner extend forgiveness and reconciliation to our own enemies, Jesus Christ crucified is not merely a heroic example to the church; he is the power of God, a living force transforming our lives through his Word.

– Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page 166

Death Has Been Deprived of Its Power

The death of Jesus has deprived death of its power to separate us from God.  His death did not cut him off from God.  Since the Father retains his communion with Jesus in the latter’s death on the Cross, death has lost its power to detach from God.  Consequently, fellowship with God is open to all [people] whose life has ended in death.  God’s love for the world is made palpable in Jesus.

– Wolfhart Pannenberg

as quoted by Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page 165-166