Grace is for US!

In my sermon they let me give last Sunday, I talked about the Kingdom of Grace. Grace is for ME, Grace is for US, and Grace is for THEM. I’m skipping to something I want to share here from the Grace is for US section of that message. Consider this passage: 10 In this is […]

Atheist Grace and the Destruction of Personhood

“The secularist, in throwing off the coercion of the law, unwittingly is responding to this need for grace, only to take on a new coercion that completely destroys our very personhood.” I was set to thinking about secular materialist ethics and Christian grace by reading a great post on one of my new favorite sites, […]

Tiny Grace

My wife Betty, who is the very queen of grace, relayed another of the many stories of God’s manifest kindness in her life the other day. How wonderful to see things work out “on earth as it is in heaven”! She was at the discount store, and was buying something for a friend. Apparently, she […]

Beyond Generous Justice

I’ve had some time to reflect on this, and it has come to me what was bothering me about Tim Keller’s book “Generous Justice”. Don’t get me wrong, I like the book, and I don’t mean to disrespect pastor Keller at all. I am a guy with no ministry and no following and no published […]

Generous Justice – Book Review

I just finished reading “Generous Justice” by Timothy Keller, and I felt compelled to comment on it here. If you are looking for a book to motivate you to do more work with the poor and less fortunate among us, this might actually be a useful book that you won’t want to throw across the […]

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 […]