“Reality is found in Jesus Christ.” When Paul said this to the Colossians, he was drawing a line between the shadow of death-dealing religion and the substance of a life-giving Savior.
Religion says it’s about you, but the gospel of grace declares it’s all about him. Religion says “Do, do, do,” but the good news declares “It’s done, done, done!” For too long the world has been bound by the never-ending demands of religion. True freedom is found in knowing the One whose yoke is easy and light.
Why do I write? So that you may know that the gospel is 100% good news and that life without Jesus is like a frame without a picture.
C.S. Lewis said, “Reality is something you couldn’t have guessed.” You could not have guessed that God loves you even when you’re a messed-up sinner. You could not have guessed that he holds nothing against you and longs for you to know and enjoy his love. You could not have guessed that his grace is greater than your mistakes. You could not have guessed this because God’s love is greater than you can conceive or imagine.
Life isn’t about keeping the rules or pleasing the boss or paying the bills. Real life is the adventure of learning who you truly are – a dearly-loved child of God. If your goal is to explore the vast reaches of God’s love, you’ve come to the right place! If you want to walk in the freedom of God grace, I encourage you to become a subscriber (it’s free and you’ll get a free book!).
For 10 years I led a multicultural church in Hong Kong. Growing up I never planned to be a pastor. In fact, I could think of no job I wanted less. But God ambushed me and my wife in 1999 and so began one of the best adventures of our lives.
Recently we handed over the church and I stopped preaching from the pulpit. But the urge to tell people the good news of God’s grace is still strong, hence this blog and these books. I’ve written briefly about my own grace journey here.
What else? Up until the middle of 2011 I was a full professor at Hong Kong’s largest university where I taught bright PhD students. I’m a born and bred Cantabrian although I grew up in the great state of Western Australia. I’ve lived briefly in California and I now live in Auckland. If you’re interested, you can keep up with my news on Facebook or see what I’m reading on Goodreads.
Camilla is my first, best and last wife. We were married in 1999 and each year has been better than the last. We have four amazing kids.
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