Tag: Grace

The familiarity of the cross is unfortunate. Celebrities would never wear an electric chair around their neck, but that’s what the cross was—a gruesome punishment for capital crimes. In fact, crucifixion was the result of many years of ingenuity. Barbaric cultures teamed together to invent the most painful, shameful,...
“I’m glad we worship the God of the New Testament rather than the god of the Old,” said one student before Bible class, “because the God of the Old is a God of wrath, while the God of the New is a God of grace.” I have had many students,...
Protestants are generally suspicious of Catholics. I often hear concern that Catholics work to earn their salvation. In this post, I would like to turn that accusation back on Protestants. We talk a lot about grace, but I’m not convinced that the typical Protestant confidently believes that he doesn’t...

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I don’t have a tattoo, but I’ve always wanted one. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s the certain “tough guy” image every guy wants. Maybe it’s the attention they garner, message they send, or perhaps I want to let people know that even though I go to church, I...
God’s scandalous grace invaded Portage, Wisconsin, with unwelcomed splendor in April of 1994. It targeted a criminal serving multiple life-sentences in the Columbia Correctional Institution. It’s not uncommon for thieves and murderers in prison to receive God’s grace, but this day was different. The person who attracted God’s love...
Here's an excerpt from the book I'm writing on Grace. Love to hear your thoughts! Ezekiel 16 is a stunning portrait of grace told through the lens of a racy allegory. In as much as the Israelites resemble human nature as a whole, this allegory reveals God’s love for you...
Mary Magdalene is one of the most well-known and yet misunderstood women in the Bible. She’s commonly portrayed in Christian art as a forgiven prostitute, or, in an extreme case, she’s thought to be Jesus’ wife—the “holy grail”—according to Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code. Neither of these depictions bears a...
The Old Testament is all about grace. It contains some laws and talks about judgment. But at the end of the day, the whole thing is held together by grace. If you pull grace out, like tugging on a loose thread from a sweater, the whole garment will become...
Of all the bizarre chapters in the Bible, Genesis 38 has got to be near the top of the list. In it, we read about Judah, the son of Jacob, who lusts over a Canaanite woman (a big no, no), has sex with her (another no, no), and she...
The Bible is filled with women who were prostitutes, adulteresses, or downright sexually promiscuous. It’s striking, however, that a large majority of them are depicted as objects of grace rather than judgment. As much as the Bible condemns fornication, it also offers the solution to it: grace. That relentless, unconditional,...
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