What was Jesus Thinking?

When Jesus was on the cross, suffering and dying, what was He thinking? When He said “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do,” did He really want to forgive them, or was He just saying that for posterity, while inwardly He secretly hated them for putting Him through all of that? On the […]

Interview with Dr. Michael Eaton

“It actually puts a power into your love of God which is not there if you’re half trying to save yourself.” [vimeo 6761910 w=400 h=300] Interview with Dr. Michael Eaton from Charlie C. Bing on Vimeo. This is fantastic. How great to hear a seasoned man of God articulate these great truths. This is well […]

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 […]

Enthrallment with sin under the cross

“If we bring only the aftermath of our sins to the cross, and not the whole of them, our very enthrallment with them, to the cross, then we create this division between justification and practice.” In this article: here, Dr. Rosenbladt has identified correctly that in the history of the church, this tension between grace […]

Mythologizing the Cross

When we inwardly mythologize Jesus’ suffering as a story or as mere theology, our redemption becomes mere theology as well. 33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive […]

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 […]

Looking for Grace

I watched a video teaching recently where the teacher portrayed Jesus as taking the few loaves and fishes from the clutches of an unwilling boy’s hands, and made a whole message out of this, that God sometimes takes things from us that we want to hold on to for some greater good that we don’t […]


in the vast grand quiet         at the center                 of the mystery of existence                         if it is possible                 that a voice       […]

hell and grace

OK, it’s finally time for the fire and brimstone! See, read all of these passages where Jesus teaches about hell! What do you have to say about that Mr. Grace and forgiveness?! Well, actually, I have quite a bit to say. 22 “But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother […]