[Nietszsche's parable] of the madman who announces God's death is anything but a hymn of atheist triumphalism. In fact, the madman despairs of the mere atheists -- those who merely do not believe -- to whom he addresses his terrible proclamation. In their moral contentment, their ease of conscience, he sees an essential oafishness; they do not dread the death of God because they do not grasp that humanity's heroic and insane act of repudiation has sponged away the horizon . . .
Christians today are conspicuous for going along with whatever the culture decides is charismatic, successful, influential -- whatever gets things done, whatever can gather a crowd of followers -- hardly noticing that these ways and means are at odds with the clearly marked way that Jesus walked and called us to follow.
Common conceptions of God are that God has to be immutable (steady, unchanging) and impassible (unaffected by the temporal, or immune to suffering). Fair enough. But is God bound to these? What if our binding God to these abstract concepts hinders us from seeing important aspects of God as Christ reveals Him? What if what we learn from Jesus is that God is all these things and more, so that notions of mere immutability and mere impassibility might leave us with something other than the omnipotently loving and utterly gracious Christian God?