Bare Life

The Bare Life of the Slave I’ve been rereading a small but rich book called “The Agony of Eros” by Byung-Chul Han, and a certain passage jumped out at me so much that I wanted to share it here: Hegel’s dialectic of master and slave describes the battle for life and death. The party who […]

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He Shall Reign Forever and Ever

15 Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become [the kingdom] of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” 16 And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped […]

Take Me to Church

My lover’s got humour She’s the giggle at a funeral Knows everybody’s disapproval I should’ve worshipped her sooner If the heavens ever did speak She’s the last true mouthpiece Every Sunday’s getting more bleak A fresh poison each week “We were born sick” You heard them say it My church offers no absolutes She tells […]

You are the Father’s gift to the Son

You are God’s gift to His beloved Son! That is what is most true of you. Walk in faith that you are of a devastating beauty in the eyes of God! This is what is most true of you.

Jesus Doesn’t Believe in You! Hallelujah!

I don’t want Him to have to believe in me! I am glad that He knows up front that I am not to be trusted, and that I am a sinner, and that even all of my righteousness is selfishly and sinfully motivated. I need a savior who does not require my faithfulness and trustworthiness. I need a savior who sees me exactly how I really am at my worst and still offers Himself as the Lamb who takes away my sin.

Why is Marriage a Better Freedom than “Shacking Up”?

There are people close to me who have been through a series of broken relationships, where they have moved in with someone, lived together with them for a time, and then for one reason or another, they have broken up. I am really sad to watch them walk through the fallout from it all. I […]

no matter your morals, you need perfect one-way love

It seems that no matter how stringently I say so, people have trouble believing it when I say that grace and one-way unconditional love is the heart of the gospel. People think my main agenda is persuade them to agree with and conform to a traditional form of morality. Agreement with a traditional form of […]

Romance Of Grace: Ch1 Q1: Take up our cross = justification?

Each chapter in The Romance of Grace has a few questions for discussion at the end. I’m going to post them individually with a few of my thoughts so that over time some online discussion might develop. Asking the right questions is an important key to developing a robust and sound understanding of our faith. […]

Hermeneutics and Context

To All the Bible Geeks out there! If you are a total Bible geek, or some kind of freakish armchair deconstructionist, you’ll get this post. If not, you’ll probably want to wander along. I’m warning you, this is important stuff – but boring if you are not a Bible study geek. I am a very […]

Better the mess of grace and freedom

Reflections on Chapters 1-3 of The Romance of Grace I wanted to take a little time to go over a couple of points in my book “Romance of Grace” and clarify some things that I’ve gotten some questions and comments on. I have received a good deal of very positive feedback and correspondence, and all […]