Predestination Pillow Talk

photo © 2006 James Diggans | more info (via: Wylio)   “So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are […]

Praxis born of Love

photo © 2007 Joe Lewis | more info (via: Wylio)   In a recent conversation on someone’s blog, which was very pleasant and congenial, the following comment came up: Personally, I would stress that what we claim to believe (concerning the resurrection, to what extent one believes the Bible is literal, et al.) means nothing […]

Grace is heresy?

photo © 2010 Clyde Robinson | more info (via: Wylio)   Jason B. Hood, in an article in Christianity Today, wrote an article criticizing the teaching of radical grace. You can read the whole article here: Apparently the teaching of radical grace is much more widespread than I had realized, which is heartening! He […]

Be careful what you ask for!

photo © 2008 | more info (via: Wylio)   Peter Rollins, my favorite heretic, in his book “The Fidelity of Betrayal,” shares the following story: There is an old anecdote that speaks of a couple planning to decorate their living room with attractive byt expensive wallpaper. It so happens that one of their friends […]

Hard God = Easy Sin

photo © 2010 Sue Bailey | more info (via: Wylio)   “While I regarded God as a tyrant I thought my sin a trifle; But when I knew Him to be my Father, then I mourned that I could ever have kicked against Him. When I thought God was hard, I found it easy to […]

Faith as the hinge of all history

  In studying through the book of Luke, I discovered something that to me is quite a little gem. In Matt 16/Luke 9 we have the story of Jesus’ dialog with Peter and the disciples about His identity: “”But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are […]

The Fear of God and the Love of God

photo © 2006 Jimee, Jackie, Tom & Asha | more info (via: Wylio)   I posted this little quote on FaceBook from my favorite writer these days, Tullian Tchavidjian: What motivates our obedience determines whether or not it is a sacrifice of praise. Obedience to God’s commands prompted by fear or guilt is not true […]

Temptation, Desire, Predestination, and Grace – OH MY!

photo © 2008 Cliff | more info (via: Wylio) “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to […]

Come now, and let us reason together

“”Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18, NASB. The word says “Come.” There is a place where you have not come to, a place where God […]

Summing Up the Message

photo © 2006 romana klee | more info (via: Wylio)   I wanted to pause to reflect on the theology that is shaping up from all of this. 1. The essential nature of the fall, the inherent problem with every man that comes down from Adam, is that we desire the forbidden. 2. Restoration […]