If you’ve not read The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning, then you need to do so as soon as possible. In it Manning explores Radical Grace.
In The Signature of Jesus, a sequel to The Ragamuffin Gospel, Manning tackles what he calls Radical Discipleship. “Discipleship is our response to grace,” he says.
“In his numerous letters Paul confirms that to follow Jesus is to take the high road to Calvary. Littered along the Calvary road will lie the skeletons of our egos, the corpses of our fantasies of control, and the shards of self-righteousness, self-indulgent spirituality, and unfreedom.” (p. 9).
After reading The Ragamuffin Gospel and now The Signature of Jesus, I can say that Manning gets it. He’s right, “Christianity is simpler and grandeur than the commentators and theologians have made it out to be” (p. 47)
Reflecting on the cross of Christ, Manning laments, “We turn the monstrous scandal of Calvary into a piece of dignified jewelry to be worn around the neck” (p. 56).