The Real Strange Fire: Lordship Salvation (Pt. 2)

This is the second installment of my analysis of the online document explaining the doctrine of “Lordship Salvation“. I am moving very slowly through the initial matter in the article to lay a good foundation of understanding. Today we tackle the meaning of the idea of “liberation”. A Gospel of “liberation”, confrontation, and condemnation? Let’s […]

The Real Strange Fire: Lordship Salvation

I’m launching a small project to go through the curiously named “Grace to You” site’s document explaining “Lordship Salvation“, to search out a truthful and biblical evaluation of the doctrine. As any regular readers know, I am strongly biased towards a strong grace-centered cross-centered gospel message, so I can’t claim to have complete objectivity. However, […]

MacArthur’s Strange Fire

The Christian blogosphere is ablaze over John MacArthur’s “Strange Fire” conference. I wanted to weigh in on John MacArthur and the whole issue. In general, I like to dialog about the charismatic movement about as much as I like to dialog about politics or the latest trends in plumbing. It is such a beaten up […]

Moving beyond mere repentance to the power of confession

5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7 but if we […]

Confessing Theological Arrogance

Graceless about Grace I read this article on this morning, and it set me to thinking. The gist of the article is that you can be self-righteous about not being self-righteous. You can be graceless about preaching grace. You can be arrogant about being gospel-centered. Even so, the blood of Christ is not only […]

The Real Radical Core Message

1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of […]

Mike Bickle Denies the Power of the Gospel

A fellow named Mike Bickle who apparently emerged from the world of the kind of people who imagine they hear the audible voice of God and have visited heaven, yet very squarely and forthrightly deny the power of the gospel of Christ and Him crucified and twist and distort the message of grace as presented […]

The real gospel is better than the prosperity gospel

“Don’t just accept whatever comes your way in life. You were born to win; you were born for greatness; you were created to be a champion in life.” ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential The next time when you are sick, lonely, verbally abused, addicted, defeated, […]

The Horrid and Beautiful Institution of Marriage

My wife Betty is a really great kisser. When I am actually kissing her it feels like a combination of home and gooey chocolate brownies and rainbows and joy all wrapped up together. She used to do this thing where she would pirouette in this little joy dance when we were walking, and she sometimes […]

Make Him Lord or Confess Him as Lord?

Have you ever been asked or heard someone ask, “Have you made Jesus Lord of your life?” The idea comes from this scripture: 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; (Romans 10:9, NASB). Let’s get […]