Moving beyond mere repentance to the power of confession

5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7 but if we […]

Confessing Theological Arrogance

Graceless about Grace I read this article on liberate.net this morning, and it set me to thinking. The gist of the article is that you can be self-righteous about not being self-righteous. You can be graceless about preaching grace. You can be arrogant about being gospel-centered. Even so, the blood of Christ is not only […]

The Real Radical Core Message

1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of […]

Mike Bickle Denies the Power of the Gospel

A fellow named Mike Bickle who apparently emerged from the world of the kind of people who imagine they hear the audible voice of God and have visited heaven, yet very squarely and forthrightly deny the power of the gospel of Christ and Him crucified and twist and distort the message of grace as presented […]

The real gospel is better than the prosperity gospel

“Don’t just accept whatever comes your way in life. You were born to win; you were born for greatness; you were created to be a champion in life.” ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential The next time when you are sick, lonely, verbally abused, addicted, defeated, […]

The Horrid and Beautiful Institution of Marriage

My wife Betty is a really great kisser. When I am actually kissing her it feels like a combination of home and gooey chocolate brownies and rainbows and joy all wrapped up together. She used to do this thing where she would pirouette in this little joy dance when we were walking, and she sometimes […]

Make Him Lord or Confess Him as Lord?

Have you ever been asked or heard someone ask, “Have you made Jesus Lord of your life?” The idea comes from this scripture: 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; (Romans 10:9, NASB). Let’s get […]

A Free Gift!

Ha ha, I made you look! I’m only giving away infinite joy and eternal acceptance and everlasting paradise, nothing “real”. It’s Christmas and let’s face it, we’re all thinking about presents. It’s OK, presents are a perfect metaphor for the gospel, and the more you dig into really enjoying that aspect of the season, the […]

Cheap Grace is the only Real Grace

Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote this: Cheap grace is the mortal enemy of our church. Our struggle today is for costly grace. Cheap grace means grace as bargain-basement goods, cut-rate forgive­ness, cut-rate comfort, cut-rate sacraments; grace as the church’s inexhaustible pantry, from which it is doled out by careless hands without hesitation or limit. It is grace […]

Forgiveness and Cleansing

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you; […]