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...
Warning: If you haven’t read all three of the books in the Hunger Games trilogy and plan on reading them, you’re going to want to cover your eyes. Spoilers ahead. I recently blogged about the first book in the Hunger Games trilogy. If you haven’t read that post, I’d...
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,...
The weight of sin compounds until it becomes unbearable. It is at this moment that Paul cries out, “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Rom. 7:24). How do we answer this? What is the solution to “the sin which clings so...
Moralism controls our reading of Scripture, especially the Old Testament. When we dust off the first 2/3 of the Bible and seek to find some spiritual wisdom, we often scurry to find examples of morally upright people. We want to be like Abraham, be like Jacob, and follow in...
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...
What could be more basic than the gospel? It’s the entry point to the Christian life. The gospel itself is basic, foundational, and logically simple. Yet you’ll never outgrow it. You’ll never move on from it. You’ll never be done with it. If you ever decide that you are ready to...
Why do a series of blog posts on sin? So I can talk about the end of the story! Think about it. We spend every moment of our lives in a cursed world. The effects of sin are everywhere, from the pain that haunts us to the pollution in...
Yesterday, I argued that the gospel is good news to every culture. It affirms all the best longings in that culture and points beyond the superficial to the good news of what God has done in Jesus Christ. But we have to be clear: the gospel is also inherently...
The gospel is not a message about you. It’s not a message about how to become a better person, nor is it about all the bad things you have done. It’s not about how to be holy, humble, or happy. It’s not about how you cleaned up your act....
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