Grace is the Magic Bullet

Grace is the magic bullet, the one solution for every problem. As Martin Luther wrote in his famous hymn “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”, one little word shall fell him. That little word is mercy, and the one that little word defeats is Satan. Satan accuses, mercy forgives. Let’s suppose you are of the […]

Belief and Unbelief

28 Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” John 6:28-29 ESV After reading “The Root of All Sin” on Tullian Tchividians’s blog, I’ve been thinking about the […]

The Euthyphro Dilemma

No, this isn’t my next intrigue novel! This is a reference to one of Plato’s dialogs, where according to wikipedia Socrates asks, “Is the pious (τὸ ὅσιον) loved by the gods because it is pious, or is it pious because it is loved by the gods?” A more current monotheistic person would phrase the question […]

The Potter’s Hand

1 [This is] the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2 “Go down at once to the potter’s house; there I will reveal My words to you.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, working away at the wheel. 4 But the jar that he was making […]

Grace, Death, Predestination, and Autonomy

Given the title of this post, this is going to be a heavy topic (thank you Captain Obvious!), and we are going to get a bit theological. Apologies in advance again to those looking for a quicker read, I realize this post isn’t very ‘bloggy’. Here is the question I am trying to answer: does […]

Grace in Practice: Government

I’m reading Paul Zahl’s “Grace in Practice”, and as I read it, instead of simply blogging about what I’m reading, I’m going to blog about my own thoughts on the issues he raises. I’m also going to skip around the book shamelessly at will as things interest me, no apologies! I also will have the […]

Scorekeeping under Grace

I’ve had a little time to reflect on some of the content from the Mockingbird Fall conference of 2011. Something was bugging me a little about a few of the conversations I had at the conference, and I realize what it is. A few people expressed the notion that this idea of avoiding scorekeeping was […]