The late Brennan Manning was one of my favorite people, and this is one of my favorite quotes from him:
"If we maintain the open-mindedness of children, we challenge fixed ideas and established structures, including our own. We listen to people in other denominations and religions. We don't find demons in those with whom we disagree. We don't cozy up to people who mouth our jargon. If we are open, we rarely resort to either-or: either creation or evolution, liberty or law, sacred or secular, Beethoven or Madonna. We focus on both-and, fully aware that God's truth cannot be imprisoned in a small definition. "
Too many of us lose the open-mindedness Brennan speaks of above. We all try to put God in our own little boxes, and then seek to destroy anyone who finds God outside that box. I have often said that anyone who begins a sentence with "God can't" or "God wouldn't" has obviously never heard of Jesus. Sending His only son to die for us was impractical, irrational and foolish. It was the ultimate in "outside the box" thinking. And yet that is exactly what God did.
There are too many Christians in our world (and on my worst days this includes me) who think they have all the answers, when in fact following Jesus is often more about questions. We think that we have a full understanding of God. You know what? If you think you understand God, then your God is too small...
Because of Jesus,