Grace is a Better Path to Positive Change

It is strange but true that one of the biggest objections people have to the message of radical grace is that it doesn’t seem to emphasize holiness and repentance. This is due to several factors: They think grace and mercy means that justice is ignored. They think grace and mercy means means that sinful behavior […]

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 […]

Coercion and true virtue

Grace, true scandalous 100% forgiveness and acceptance, get-out-of-jail-free fire-insurance easy-believism grace, is the essential foundation for true virtue. Why? Let’s start by reading a few verses: 14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law, but under grace. 15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under […]

Maybe in Christ we are absolutely accepted

One of the things to understand about me is that I’m working through the idea that maybe, in Christ, we are really totally and absolutely forgiven and accepted. It is real. The single condition is belief in His favor and forgiveness, in the sufficiency of His blood. If that is true, what does the Christian […]

The substance of moral fiber

photo © 2009 Giuseppe | more info (via: Wylio)   I was in a great conversation with a friend the other night, and we talked a bit about the true substance of moral fiber. He suggests that the real substance is when there is something that is right, that you absolutely do NOT want to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]