To Barth, Bonhoeffer, and the Torrances, grace is not an abstract truth; it is reality itself. By God's revelation in Jesus Christ we are given the blessed assurance to know that all human beings are included in the humanity of the Savior. And in Christ we discover the movements of grace, a double movement at once God-humanward and human-Godward, all by the Holy Spirit. These theologians were keen to remind us that Christ's ongoing mediatorship includes all appropriate human responses to God. In fact, only by grace and in union with Christ do we have true response-ability. It is this "going with the flow" of the Holy Spirit en Christo that makes Christo-realism so dynamic and life-giving.
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About the Author
Jeff McSwain (BA, Davidson College, MLitt, University of St. Andrews, Scotland) is the founder and Executive Director of Reality Ministries Incorporated, a community-based, inter-church outreach in Durham, North Carolina. The mission of Reality Ministries is to help adolescents live into the loving presence and life-changing reality of Jesus Christ.
Table of Contents
Foreword Jeremy Begbie ix
Introduction: Awakening to Grace as Reality xv
Chapter 1 Introduction: Ambassadors of Reconciliation 1
Preaching Jesus Christ as the Gospel of Grace and the Ground of Faith: A View from the Evangelical Theology of T. F. and J. B. Torrance 5
Chapter 2 Introduction: Grace in the Face of Evil 65
The "Yes" of Reality and the Meaning of Grace in Barth and Bonhoeffer 69
Chapter 3 Introduction: "Go with the Spirit!" 107
Prayer as Grace 111
Conclusion: This I Know 143