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September 23, 2009

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Yes. Even trying (and dear knows in a very inadequate way) to be conformed to Christ, causes comment. There are attitudes one cannot take towards the guilty, the unfortunate. An easy assumption of our superiority no longer to be made .... it does not go down well, sometimes.

Jim Gordon

Hello again Rosemary. Of course conformity to christ isn't something we do in our own strength - it is the work of God that we are being conformed to the image of Christ. The passive voice is an important theological corrective reminding us of what Jones calls 'that gracious action, which originates in God alone, humanity is conformed to Christ.'

by a very long way the most significant book I know on forgiveness-reconciliation as conformity to christ, and that conformity embodied in Christian community, is Jones' major book Embodying Forgiveness. A Theological Analysis. (Eerdmans, 1995). This along with Miroslave Volf's Exclusion and Embrace, and David Augsburger's Dissident Discipleship says just about all that needs saying about the radical demand and radical grace that coincide in a lived yet enabled obedience to Christ. And they each acknowledge the humility and realism that I think informs your overall comment.

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