Lord Lord Didn’t I Control You?

This is all from a conversation on Facebook; anything not in blockquotes is from me. I thought it was good enough to share. Is it possible to feel sure of our salvation even though we are not truly saved? If you trust Christ and Him crucified for your justification, if you believe that the blood […]

The way you look at me

[yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-rWNAQx1ZE’]   The way You look at me When you think I’m not looking…. Tells me…. Your heart’s A sleeping giant Worn out By someone You loved before me. I see you’re scared Unconvinced by What I’ve tried to say; That I am yours And that nothing Will take me away. I know that […]

Futile Exegesis

38 “You do not have His word abiding in you, for you do not believe Him whom He sent. 39 “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; 40 and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have […]

Innocuous Seeker Sensitive Legalism

Most churches would hesitate to label themselves as legalistic or law-centered. I want to take a look at a typical ‘seeker-friendly’ helpful life-focused practical sermon meant to help normal average people lead better lives. Let’s suppose our friendly and kind of cool pastor has chosen to do a series on marriage. This is a popular […]

Grace is a Better Path to Positive Change

It is strange but true that one of the biggest objections people have to the message of radical grace is that it doesn’t seem to emphasize holiness and repentance. This is due to several factors: They think grace and mercy means that justice is ignored. They think grace and mercy means means that sinful behavior […]

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 […]

Easy Believy faith is the ONLY faith that produces virtue

What good is forgiveness if it doesn’t ‘work’ when you actually need it? I raised this question in response to some negative responses to this awesome blog post by David Zahl: The Subjective Power Of An Objective Gospel I thought the response was important enough to repost on my own blog, so I’m sorry in […]

Maybe in Christ we are absolutely accepted

One of the things to understand about me is that I’m working through the idea that maybe, in Christ, we are really totally and absolutely forgiven and accepted. It is real. The single condition is belief in His favor and forgiveness, in the sufficiency of His blood. If that is true, what does the Christian […]

Work out your salvation with fear?

“So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12, 13, NASB. […]

Radical Discipleship , response 2

I am still reacting to this David Platt’s book ‘Radical’; Here is a trailer for his book: I actually want to think through the points in this trailer point by point. This is a strong and popular message and I think it deserves a more serious treatment than my last post. “The Mantra of the […]