The Idea of Reward

I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of reward. There has been some discussion that grace precludes us from the dynamic of receiving rewards for doing well, and that is the genesis of this reflection. First let’s look at some scriptures which mention the idea of rewards: From the gospels: 12 “Rejoice, and be […]

Sure grace is awesome. Now tell me what to do!

Here’s a little excerpt from the ending of my upcoming book, “The Romance of Grace”: Once upon a time there was a wealthy young man that was looking for love. He could never trust that any woman he dated truly loved him, because of his wealth. So he moved into a small run down apartment […]

Grace in the “Real World”

Grace is an intrusion of the Kingdom of God into the “real world”, and the “real world” is always scandalized by it. 1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 And early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down […]

Death in that pot!

Recently a man I deeply respect who was at one time my pastor posted this: “When your heart’s desire contradicts Scripture, betray your feelings. Don’t follow your heart.” Upon reflection, I am going to humbly dispute this; as Elishah’s disciples said, there is death in that pot (2 Kings 4:40). First, some scripture: 23 Watch […]

Mockingbird Fall Conference 2012 – Ethan Richardson

This is much more a reflection on the subjects that Ethan Richardson raised in his presentation than a review of his actual talk, in fact his session was far more profound than this post. Sorry Ethan! Two main topics jumped out at me: the plight of 20 somethings, and our use of electronic social media. […]

Fall In Pt. 2 – Love in Real Life

[yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNWEAt_WDBw’] Don’t worry if we fall in love We will never touch the ground Don’t worry if we fall in love We will never touch the ground Just fall into a dream They say If you die in a dream You die in real life Well I just died in your arms Lost in […]

Unworthy Servants

Fairness is not the dynamic at all, fairness has been nailed petty and squirming and horrid to the tree and killed publicly. Our lust for fairness is squarely of the flesh. 7 “Will any one of you who has a servant 3 plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from […]

The Potter’s Hand

1 [This is] the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2 “Go down at once to the potter’s house; there I will reveal My words to you.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, working away at the wheel. 4 But the jar that he was making […]

Grace in Practice: Government

I’m reading Paul Zahl’s “Grace in Practice”, and as I read it, instead of simply blogging about what I’m reading, I’m going to blog about my own thoughts on the issues he raises. I’m also going to skip around the book shamelessly at will as things interest me, no apologies! I also will have the […]