repentance

What is Godly Sorrow?

October 15, 2014 // 38 Comments

“For godly sorrow worketh repentance…” (2 Cor 7:10). What is godly sorrow? Apparently it’s when the Holy Spirit makes you sorry for your sin. “God grieves over you, you sorry excuse for a Christian. You have become an enemy of God!” There are some who insist you must weep and wail when you repent. [...]

Myth 1: Hyper-Grace Preachers are Against Repentance

August 20, 2014 // 46 Comments

“Hyper-grace preachers say there’s no need for repentance. They dismiss repentance as unbelief.” Actually, hyper-grace preachers are for repentance, not against it. We say things like “repentance is essential” and “repentance is to be our lifestyle.” We are for repentance, for without it no one can [...]

An Open Letter to Hot-Blooded Young Men

August 21, 2012 // 66 Comments

Grace attracts sinners. Since I am someone who preaches radical grace, I get a lot of emails and Facebook messages from sinning Christians. A few are looking for help in overcoming sin, but most of them want an assurance that God will continue to love them despite their bad behavior. More often than not, these [...]

A New Covenant Picture of Repentance

February 20, 2012 // 21 Comments

Two classic signs of covenant confusion are: (1) you interpret repentance as turning from sin and (2) you think repenting will get God to forgive you. As I have explained elsewhere, God does not need your permission or even your repentance to forgive you. He forgave you before you were born in accordance with the [...]

Why Repentance is like Football

November 20, 2011 // 52 Comments

What comes to mind when you hear the word “football”? Your answer to that question says a lot about where you come from. If you’re a fan of football and you travel the world you’ll often have conversations like this: “So you like footy. Who’s your favorite team?” “Collingwood.” “Never heard of [...]

What Happens to Christians Who Commit Suicide?

July 4, 2011 // 197 Comments

What do you say to the parents of a Christian teenager who has just killed himself? I faced this situation several years ago and, I have tell you, it’s not easy. Premature death is hard to handle at any time but suicide leaves loved ones bewildered at its senselessness. It seems the subject of suicide is one of [...]

Laodicea, Part 6: Behold, I stand at the door (Rev 3:20)

June 4, 2010 // 6 Comments

UPDATE: This is an old article. An updated and expanded commentary on this passage can be found in Paul’s book Letters from Jesus. Why did Jesus send a message to the Laodiceans telling them they were in danger of being spewed out? What was his motive? This is an easy question. Why does Jesus do anything for [...]

Laodicea, Part 5: Be Earnest and Repent (Rev 3:19)

May 31, 2010 // 9 Comments

UPDATE: This is an old article. An updated and expanded commentary on this passage can be found in Paul’s book Letters from Jesus. The Laodiceans were warned by Jesus that they were on the verge of being rejected. Why? Because they were neither hot nor cold. But as we have seen, this is not about being [...]

Incomplete Deeds: The Zombie Church of Sardis (Rev 3:1-6)

April 11, 2010 // 18 Comments

UPDATE: This is an old article. An updated and expanded commentary on this passage can be found in Paul’s book Letters from Jesus. What a wonderful thing for a church to get a letter from Jesus! The seven churches of Revelations 1-3 were a real mixed bag with some getting rebukes and others encouragement, but [...]