All things are lawful: belief and freedom are the only solution

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will 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, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you; but […]

What can be done about pedophilia?

The Atlantic recently published an inevitable and yet rather eye-popping article titled “What Can Be Done About Pedophilia?”. I felt that this issue brings our current society’s moral axioms to the edge of their unintended consequences, and to our desperate need for a much deeper understanding of the power of the law and of the […]

Better the mess of grace and freedom

Reflections on Chapters 1-3 of The Romance of Grace I wanted to take a little time to go over a couple of points in my book “Romance of Grace” and clarify some things that I’ve gotten some questions and comments on. I have received a good deal of very positive feedback and correspondence, and all […]

Jesus’ Crazy Leadership Training

15 So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus *said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He *said to him, “Tend My lambs.” 16 He *said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, […]

The Limits of Unconditional Love

Human relationships are based on conditionality. We may say, “No, I married my spouse for life, I am in it no matter what! I will stick with him/her through everything – in sickness and in health, through richer or poorer. I will forgive him/her everything! I believe that, I really do.” Suppose your spouse was […]

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 […]

Living the Life of Grace – Capon

Trust Him. And when you have done that, you are living the life of grace. No matter what happens to you in the course of that trusting – no matter how many waverings you may have, no matter how many suspicions that you have bought a poke with no pig in it, no matter how […]

Martin Luther’s Encounter with Satan

In the conversations of Luther, which are in some measure a posthumous publication, we read, that . . . Satan, either in reality or in a dream, appeared in the depth of the night, and addressed him in the following terms: “Luther, how dare you to pretend to be a reformer of the Church? Luther, […]

Who’s to Blame?

Blame God’s lack of existence Back in my college days, I went to hear a debate between an apologist and an atheist philosopher. I don’t remember much about what the apologist said, but I do remember that the atheist’s argument seemed very strange to me. He basically said, since there is evil in the world, […]

Must Grace Transform?

A dispute once arose between the Wind and the Sun, which was the stronger of the two, and they agreed to settle the point upon the issue – that whichever of the two soonest made a traveler take off his cloak, should be accounted the more powerful. The Wind began, and blew with all his […]