You need more than a Lord – you need a savior!

The good news is, in Christ you have more than a Lord who demands obedience. You have a savior, who is Lord over your persistent sin. He is Lord over your salvation. You can trust His kindness. He has been thinking about how to save you literally forever.

Blessed and not cursed!

I am blessed and not cursed. I am loved by God whether I feel like it or not. I am forgiven even when I just can’t imagine that. When I fail, he doesn’t see me as a failure. When I feel alone, I am surrounded by him and his presence. I matter to him. Thank […]

Beyond Generous Justice

I’ve had some time to reflect on this, and it has come to me what was bothering me about Tim Keller’s book “Generous Justice”. Don’t get me wrong, I like the book, and I don’t mean to disrespect pastor Keller at all. I am a guy with no ministry and no following and no published […]

Generous Justice – Book Review

I just finished reading “Generous Justice” by Timothy Keller, and I felt compelled to comment on it here. If you are looking for a book to motivate you to do more work with the poor and less fortunate among us, this might actually be a useful book that you won’t want to throw across the […]

Assurance is reassuring

If we are going to use the word “assurance”, we should use it in a meaningful way. It means you are sure of something, you are confident of it. If you keep thinking that your salvation is unsure because you sin, that is up to you, but realize you are no longer able to talk […]

The sheep and the goats

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will […]

The nature of personal identity in Christ

I have a question, I mean this really honestly. Is the work of the Holy Spirit in us, meant to control us like puppets? Is there no person left at all to do things? Let’s assume that Paul had the real stuff, and was writing from that perspective. We are all non-heretics here, there is […]

Conversation in Heaven

“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. And the LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?” So Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth […]

Journey through Job

I’m starting a meditative walk through the book of Job. Here is a man clearly loved by God, respected for his deeds, and yet who suffered terribly and entered into a time of doubt and failure. It is a perfect place to explore the mystery of the nature of the blessing of grace in the […]

Soul Crush

photo © 2009 aeneastudio | more info (via: Wylio) Well, I confess, officially we are supposed to move on to the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet, but I’m doing a second verse in Gimel, because it is so good that I can’t stand the thought of skipping over it. I hope you love this […]