Extracting the Precious from the Worthless

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2 … if you extract the precious from the worthless, You will become My spokesman. Jeremiah 15:19 Children like candy, not fine wine or espresso. The pleasure of a thing must be immediate […]

The Two Universes – Audio Message

The audio sermon derived from these two posts: The Two Universes The Two Universes – More Thoughts [audio:http://thereforenow.com/dumpy/sermons/two_universes_64.m4a]

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 […]

The Two Universes

People tend to think that grace is some subtle theological or doctrinal point that you ought to get right to be a good Christian. We tend to think that the subtle difference between law and gospel is the kind of thing that nerdy theologians geek out over. The truth is, grace is not really very […]

The Greatest and Most Impossible Command

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment.” Matthew 22:36-38 I want to take some time to focus […]

Law Produces Rebellion? Really?

In Romans 7, Paul writes: 7 I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.” 8 But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was […]

The Challenge of Forgiveness

Here is the audio of a message given at Dakota Creek Christian Center in Blaine WA on May 27 2012.   If you would like a copy of the powerpoint slides for this message leave a comment and I’ll send it to you.

The Logic of Law and Grace in the Sermon on the Mount

There is a lot of teaching and conversation going on these days concerning the sermon on the mount. Tullian Tchividjian is currently doing a sermon series on it and the Whitehorse Inn guys just did an excellent series of podcasts on it. It is amazing how clearly the sermon on the mount teaches grace and […]

Grace is the air that love breathes

I haven’t posted in a while because I have been preparing the Reasonable Grace teachings, and I really post here when I feel I have what is for me a breakthrough insight. I’ve been thinking about the subject of this post a lot, and I hope it is clear and comes across as a breakthrough […]