God Alone

In the restoration of communion between God and sinning humanity, the initiative lies with God’s forgiveness: Jesus ‘blasphemously’ pronounced the divine forgiveness, and the scribes’ question ‘Who can forgive sins but God alone?’ is a piece of ironic Christology (Mark 2:1-12).

—Geoffrey Wainwright, Doxology: The Praise of God in Worship, Doctrine, and Life: A Systematic Theology, 75

***Geoffrey Wainwright in memoriam (died March 17, 2020)***

The Maker Become Man

Man as ‘image of God’ might be called to grow into the moral and spiritual likeness of his Maker: but that the ikonic relationship should, as it were, operate in reverse, and that the Maker should become man and should even go to death for the love of man—that astonishing thing evoked rapturous praise from believers.

—Geoffrey Wainwright, Doxology: The Praise of God in Worship, Doctrine, and Life, 206

The God Who Gave

It is hard for the worshipper to be satisfied with a God who would be less committed to the world in self-giving love than the God who gave Himself to the world in the incarnation and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The God of the deists is an idol, and his worship—if he attracts it—is idolatry.

Geoffrey Wainwright, Doxology: The Praise of God in Worship, Doctrine, and Life, 209-10

God Serves Us

We can serve God because He first serves us. Understood first as God’s service to us, the liturgy becomes a locus in which God’s gracious self-giving promotes the interiorization of our faith, the articulation of our devotion, and the strengthening of our will for action.

—Geoffrey Wainwright, Doxology: The Praise of God in Worship, Doctrine, and Life, 217