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sermon on the mount

I want to turn aside and take a look at Jesus’ famous teaching known to us as the sermon on the mount. It is one of the most penetrating explanations of God’s laws and ways ever given. I want to examine exactly what it says, and see how it fits with Paul’s teachings about the […]

I advocate evil

Yes, you read the title right. After lots of dialog with people about God’s grace and forgiveness, who ask, “are you saying people can just SIN,” and, “what about hell and damnation?!” and such, I’ve decided to come out and admit it – I advocate evil. Since I believe in grace and mercy, that means […]

Modern Myths

Someone posted this quote recently, and the conversation was relevant so I am posting it here. “It is a modern myth that you can know and love Him and not have a transformed life by Him.” I am posting some of my own responses:===========It is much more of a modern myth that the goal is […]

Discipline and grace Pt. 2

Yesterday I posted some things about discipline and grace and it set me to thinking about it a lot more. Here are some more thoughts. Grace vs. Discipline. If we are asked BY GOD to suffer in the flesh, to ‘arm ourselves with the same purpose (1Peter 4:1)’, how does that jive with the operations […]

Discipline and grace Pt. 1

We tend to think that the spirit-led life, the life of grace and mercy, is a life of free-wheeling ‘where the wind blows’ craziness. To a certain extent it is. We see this in the life of Jesus: “”The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where […]

Terrell Dismukes’ Story

My friend Terrell, who was in a music group with me in Europe back in the 80’s, sent this to me after reading one of these posts. I thought it was fantastic, and he agreed to let me share it. ============================ I read your blog post about God loving us, and it reminded me of […]

Is Mercy different than Grace?

It has been suggested to me by a friend that mercy and grace are very different things, so I wanted to look into this. We tend to use these words a bit interchangeably and I wanted to explore the nuances of the ideas involved, as a part of my quest to understand grace. In English, […]

Why does Christianity obsess over Law, sin, guilt, and forgiveness?

To the uninitiated, Christianity’s obsession with sin can seem off-putting. We don’t like to constantly face what is wrong with ourselves, and no one wants to talk about it. You hear all this talk about God and love and yet it immediately descends into talk of morals and guilt and forgiveness. The idea of grace […]