Scandalous Grace

One of the greatest scandals of the gospel is the free grace of forgiveness. But we say this, and I do not think we often let it sink in. The scandal of free grace is God’s love of sinners, God’s love of His enemies, His love of the worst kinds of evil people. We like…

Beauty on a Bloody Ground

Santiago & Kate, Psalm 145 is a song about the kingdom of God, about the majesty of God’s reign, and we know from our vantage even more fully what the psalmist is talking about because Jesus is God with us. Jesus is the perfect image of the invisible God. And He came proclaiming the Kingdom of…

Our Name is Forgiven

A few other thoughts have been rattling around in my head related to my previous post on sex offenders in the church. It touches on several other topics related to counseling in these kinds of difficult situations. And it has to do with the potency of naming. We know that naming is powerful because in…

All About Love

Morning Prayer: Prov. 4:1-27, 1 Jn. 4:7-21 Wisdom and love. Get wisdom. Love God and everyone around you. In fact, Solomon says, love wisdom, embrace her, keep her in your heart, and keep your eyes fixed on her. So really when you get right down to it, it’s all about love. Love God, love your…

The Bomb Shelter of Self-Deception

Self-deception is terrifyingly easy. Sin is the great deceiver: “For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me” (Rom. 7:11). The reason people sin is because they are deceived. Like Adam and Eve in the garden, people believe lies. But in order to believe the big lies, we have to…

How to Repent of Big Sin

Let’s say you’ve blown it really big. I’m talking about a several year porn problem with lies and cover ups. Or maybe you visited a strip club on a business trip and committed adultery. Maybe you’ve been embezzling money from your employer. Maybe you’ve been getting drunk or smoking pot or you’re addicted to prescription…

Bloody, Fierce, and Hard

This meal is a love feast. It teaches us what love actually is. Love is not a feeling you get. Love is not a ditch you fall into or cliff you fall off of. Love is not getting turned on. Love is not breaking the rules and grabbing what you want. Greater love has no…

Truly Revolutionary

In recent years, there has been growing interest in an explicitly Christian economics. I’m afraid that a lot of what passes for Christian writing and sloganeering on economics is about as authentic as the pre-ripped jeans you can get down at the Buckle for a hundred bucks a pop. But hey, the cool kids might…

Word of Life

John says that he and the other apostles heard the Word, saw the Word, touched the Word of life that was manifested by the Father, and that’s what he’s shared with everyone. And this is so that everyone may have fellowship with them and that all together they might have fellowship with the Father and…

Go Ahead and Squish It

Sin, the flesh, death, and the devil are the enemies of God, and therefore they are the great enemies of the Church and every believing Christian. God has not made peace with those enemies, and therefore, we dare not either. But we do not wage our warfare against these enemies in the dark. In the…