Justin B. Fung

Tag: brennan manning

Is it impossible to be like Jesus?

At the first session of The District Church’s discipleship class, I began by posing the question, How many of you know that we’re called to be like Jesus? Everyone raised their hand. I followed up: How many of you actually think that’s possible? Only a handful. We dug in a little further and discovered that […]

Thanks, Brennan

(1934-2013) Brennan Manning passed away early on Friday, April 12; he was 79 years old. I am beyond thankful for the life and writings of Brennan Manning. I know he was a flawed and sinful man; everybody did–he never tried to hide it. He was always very transparent with the depth of his failings and, […]

6 Suggestions for Christians for Engaging in Politics

[Disclaimer: I wrote this before I read Bryan Roberts’ “7 Things Christians Need to Remember About Politics.” Go read that first–it’s shorter and funnier.] With the Republican and Democratic National Conventions having taken place over the last two weeks, we can officially say that we’re entering into election season (i.e. that time when the general […]

There is beauty in the world: Yosemite

I’ve been reading again through one of the books that changed my life, Brennan Manning’s The Ragamuffin Gospel. One of his chapters talks about wonder, and he quotes Abraham Joshua Heschel, who said on his deathbed, “Never once in my life did I ask God for success or wisdom or power or fame. I asked […]

The love of God >>> everything else

Brennan Manning, who never ceases to challenge me with reminders of God: If you took the love of all the best mothers and fathers who have lived in the course of human history, all their goodness, kindness, patience, fidelity, wisdom, tenderness, strength, and love and united all those qualities in a single person, that person’s […]

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