Top 13 of 2013

January 8, 2014 // 23 Comments

As we start a new year of walking in grace, I thought I’d take a moment to look back at some of the highlights and lowlights of the past year on E2R. If I was to summarize the year in a word, I’d say “conflict.” Conflict is a normal part of life and it certainly was a normal part of life in the New [...]

Five-Star Grace Books 2013

January 1, 2014 // 33 Comments

A few months ago my book, The Gospel in Ten Words, joined an exclusive club of books that have received 100 five-star reviews on Amazon. In recognition of this achievement, Amazon sent me a gold-framed certificate, a gift voucher, and a personal note from Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos. Actually, none of that happened. [...]

12 Ways Superman is NOT like Jesus

June 21, 2013 // 53 Comments

Another Superman movie has just opened. I’ll probably go see it. I like Superman. What’s not to like? He’s a cool guy. But what puzzles me is how some churches are using Superman to promote Jesus. I kid you not. I read in the paper this morning that the new Man of Steel movie sold a gazillion tickets on [...]

Does God Scourge Us? 7 Reasons to say “No!”

June 18, 2013 // 71 Comments

Much of what we believe about discipline in the church is informed by the old covenant. For instance, if you think God’s discipline entails punishment in any shape or form, you’re living in the past. You haven’t seen the cross (Is 53:5). Think about it. If the cross was the once and final solution for sin [...]

12 Reasons Why a Sentimental Hell Appeals

May 2, 2013 // 125 Comments

I have never written about hell and once this series is done I may never write about it again. Fact is, unless you are a smug, self-righteous, look-at-me-God-I’m-impressive kind of law-loving wing-nut, you don’t need to know anything about it. What you do need to know is the good news. Problem is, many of us [...]

7 More Things that Happen to Christians Who Stray

April 17, 2013 // 46 Comments

Nearly every book in the New Testament warns Christians of the dangers of false preachers and teachers who preach another Jesus or another gospel. Jesus, Paul, Peter, et al. had some harsh words to say about those who mislead the saints. But what about the saints who are misled? What happens to them? The usual [...]

What Happens to Christians Who Stray?

April 10, 2013 // 238 Comments

What happens to Christians who stray, or follow another Jesus, another Spirit, or another gospel? This is not a hard question to answer because it happened in the Bible. The consequences of going astray are well-documented. Yet the question is worth asking because many don’t know the answer. Or, rather, they [...]

Top 12 of 2012

December 31, 2012 // 10 Comments

I keep bumping into people who had a horrible year. They say things like, “2012 was my annus horribilis. I’ll be glad when it’s over.” I feel for such people because, for me, 2012 was a ripper of a year. I had a baby. Or rather, I wrote a book. If you’re a writer you’ll understand me when I say that [...]

7 Fairly Useless Definitions of Holiness

May 21, 2012 // 28 Comments

An old tale is told about a group of blind men who touch an elephant to learn what it is like. One man touches the leg and concludes, “Elephants are like trees.” “Oh no,” says the man touching the ear. “Elephants are like fans.” “You’re both wrong,” says the man touching the tail. “Elephants [...]

The 7 Most Popular Verses in the Bible

May 16, 2012 // 27 Comments

There are more than 31,000 verses in the Bible. If all of these verses were to enter a popularity contest, which one would win? Well, you can probably guess. But I’ll bet you can’t guess which verse would come second. Or third. Below is a list of the seven most popular verses in the Bible. How did I compile [...]

Top 12 Verses on the New Covenant

April 19, 2012 // 33 Comments

I have this strange idea that we should preach nothing but the gospel. Two reasons why: (1) Jesus told us to and (2) it’s the only thing we’re really good at. Any club or religion can teach you about good works and charity and seven steps to financial freedom, but the church has a monopoly on grace. You will [...]

Star Trek and the Great Commission: 12 Parallels

September 8, 2011 // 14 Comments

Today, 8 September, is the 45th anniversary of the first regular episode of Star Trek. How could I pass up an opportunity like this to talk about one of my all-time favorite TV shows? But Paul, aren’t you supposed to be writing about Bible stuff? What does one of the most culturally influential TV shows have to [...]