The Point of Christmas, According to St. John

14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John *bore witness of Him, and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank […]

Beloved, now we are children of God–1 John 3:2

You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, And a royal diadem in the hand of your God. It will no longer be said to you, “Forsaken,” Nor to your land will it any longer be said, “Desolate”; But you will be called, “My delight is in her,” –Isaiah […]

The Woman at the Well

Who gets rebuked and called out on their sin and then gets excited and goes to tell everyone they know to come meet their rebuker? What is going on? As I was listening recently to a wonderful message by Jono Linebaugh here, I was reminded of the story of Jesus and the woman at the […]

The Two Universes – more thoughts

I have some further meditations on this idea of the two universes. First, to clarify EXACTLY what I’m saying. The main point is that there are two spiritual universes, the universe where you start off unapproved, and the universe where you start off approved. I think of them also as the “world” and the kingdom […]

Alien Intelligence?

  A recent article on NPR’s website postulates that it is credible science to think that aliens had a hand in creating life on earth. As a theist and an old earth advocate (not a young earth creationist), I have to say I marvel at the ends “science” will go to to suppress the obvious […]

Dying for Us Wasn’t Enough? Yes it was enough.

I had a small discussion on facebook this morning, and I thought it was worth reposting here as a matter of record. When Christ came to earth, He came to bring to mankind the gospel of the Kingdom. Over the centuries, the Church has tended to emphasize only a portion of the gospel. That portion […]

Announcing New Teaching Series: Reasonable Grace

Reasonable Grace Living under grace means living a convinced life as one greatly loved and greatly forgiven. It means living beyond obligation, beyond karma, beyond the cycle of reaping what you sow. Grace means radical kindness, love coming at you when you don’t deserve it, life redeemed and freed from the prison of ought. Life […]

Our Inner Ancient Booer

  Yet, love cannot be commanded. If you pick up a small child and shake him harshly and demand that he love you, he may eventually pretend love to avoid further abuse, but he will not really love you. A man cannot hold a gun to a woman’s head and command real love. Love cannot […]

Me DOING or Me NOT DOING is still all about ME

Tullian Tchividjian has an excellent blog post on the one-way love of God here: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tullian/2012/03/06/one-way-love/ Many times in our discussions about law vs. works and whether or not we should fruit check and the relationship between justification and sanctification and all of that, perhaps we miss this very point. The MAIN THING about grace is […]