12 Infamous Examples of Walking After the Flesh in the Bible

August 16, 2011 // 11 Comments

“…and everyone did what was right in their own eyes.” (Jdg 17:6) Since most of us have grown up with a works-based view of salvation, we tend to think of sin as doing bad things. If we avoid doing bad things we’ll avoid sin. But the Bible has a different definition of sin. “Whatever is not of faith is [...]

How to walk after the flesh in 20 easy lessons

August 11, 2011 // 62 Comments

If you’ve ever taken children to the zoo, you will know that the big animals tend to be more popular than the small ones. Elephants, rhinos, and tigers get more attention than otters, turtles, and geckos. And so it is with works of the flesh. Ask any churchgoer to list the works of the flesh and they will [...]

10 myths about the ministry of the Holy Spirit

May 15, 2011 // 20 Comments

Religious people tend to view the Holy Spirit as a kind of Divine Bookkeeper, a recorder of men’s sins. But if Jesus did away with sin once and for all by the sacrifice of Himself (He 9:26), what’s left for the Holy Spirit to do? He must be unemployed! I have already discussed 10 myths surrounding the Person [...]

10 myths about the Holy Spirit

May 11, 2011 // 112 Comments

One of the biggest signs a believer does not fully understand what happened at the cross of the Calvary, is that they are scared of the Holy Spirit. They view him as a Convictor and Policeman even though Jesus called him the Comforter and Counselor. Their perceptions are shaped by old covenant traditions rather [...]

The Gospel in one word, two words…

March 22, 2011 // 85 Comments

I don’t know who said this first, but “the gospel is simple and it takes theologians to complicate it.” Recently I gave myself the challenge of presenting a comprehensive and jargon-free gospel in less than 400 words. That exercise got me thinking. What if we limited the gospel to just one word, or two [...]

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

February 5, 2011 // 13 Comments

Escape to Reality is one year old today! I started blogging on 5 February 2010 for no other reason than I couldn’t help myself. I had words inside me that needed to get out. I didn’t know if anyone would want to read them, but to those of you who have, thanks! And to those of you who’ve taken the time to [...]

Top 12 blessings in the New Covenant

March 17, 2010 // 57 Comments

In Christ we can participate in all of the blessings God promised to Abraham (Gal 3:14,29). We also get all of the blessings promised under the law covenant and none of the curses (Gal 3:13). This is pretty amazing when you think about the blessings God offered in the Old Testament: To Abraham and his descendants [...]

Top 7 Tony Campolo Books

February 25, 2010 // 0 Comments

As a young man I was a huge fan of Tony Campolo. For young men looking for boundaries Campolo was one of the few unafraid to handle hot potatoes and draw lines in the sand. Who but Campolo would ask questions like “Is it okay to put your aging mother in the country home?” or “What do I do if I’m sexually [...]

The 3Rs of Christianity

February 6, 2010 // 1 Comment

At the risk of overlooking some liberating truths, the basics of following Christ can be reduced to 3 Rs. 1. Righteousness. The gospel reveals a righteousness that comes from God and is received by faith from first to last (Rms 1:17). This kind of righteousness can be distinguished from self-righteousness which [...]