Tag: Grace

Several years ago, an 80 something year old man walked into one of our classrooms. We often have older "students" sit in on our classes, members of various churches who want to continue growing in their knowledge of the Bible and the world. But it quickly became clear that...
The following is an excerpt from my book, Charis: God's Scandalous Grace for Us (Colorado Springs: David C. Cook, 2014), 45-46. At the end of the post, enter to win a free copy of Charis! “Bad little girls get thrown away,” Cynthia reasoned when at five years old she found...
I often get asked if I’m “Reformed.” Oftentimes people just assume that I’m “Reformed.” Since I don’t care for labels and resist giving yes or no answers to complex questions, I usually give an answer much longer than the asker cared to receive. I’m I “Reformed?” No, but I am...
Is it ever okay for Christians to use vulgar language? This question is particularly pertinent to me, since my book Charis takes liberties that might offend some people. While the response to my book so far has been good, I’ve received not a few reactions that go something like… “I don’t...
The following is an excerpt from Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us. The relationship between grace and obedience is a gnarly issue, and too often you have to hack your way through a theological jungle to sort out the problem. In general, there are three different explanations Christians give to...
Here's an excerpt from my new book on grace titled, Charis: God's Scandalous Grace Toward Us (Colorado Springs: David C. Cook, 2014), pp. 25-28. The book will be released July 1, 2014. _______________ Grace has no leash. It’s untamed, unbound, and runs wild and free. Some Christians believe that we’ve got...
Let’s be honest. Philemon is an odd little book. I know it’s not okay to call sections of the Bible “odd” or “random,” but I remember reading Philemon for the first time and thinking, Why is this in here? If you haven’t yet read it, go ahead! It will take...
The world is a vampire sent to drain; secret destroyers hold you up to the flames. So says Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, and it’s not easy to prove him wrong. Every human being simply shows up on earth. No orientation, no training. We just find ourselves here and have...
I’ve been wrestling with the ethical issues surrounding Joshua’s conquest for the last couple posts. In the last one, I set some groundwork regarding the people (Canaanites) and the land (Canaan). This doesn't solve all the moral problems, but it does put us in a better place to tackle...
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there,...
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