How to be Content

September 19, 2019 // 15 Comments

Are you a contented Christian? Or do you have a nagging sense that God is displeased with you and unhappy with your performance? Are you resting in his righteousness? Or are you striving to make yourself acceptable to God? Many churchgoers are zealous for God with a zeal based on ignorance and unbelief. They are [...]

The Many Benefits of Union

January 4, 2018 // 51 Comments

Many Christians don’t know just how good they’ve got it. In our union with Christ he has blessed us by giving us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world. (Eph 1:3, GNB) One with the Lord, you are blessed indeed. In fact, 100 percent of your blessings come as the result of being in union with [...]

Is humanity righteous? (Romans 5:18-19)

June 27, 2015 // 111 Comments

If I gave you a million dollars, how would you react? If you were poor, you’d be thrilled. You’d thank me and tell all your friends how awesome I am. But if you were Bill Gates you might say, “Meh. Add it to the pile.” How you react to a gift reflects your need for that gift. Which is why I am dismayed [...]

The Cure for Guilt

July 31, 2013 // 57 Comments

The other day I lost my temper. It was only for a moment, but it was enough. Damage was done. Later I felt sick about what I did and took steps to make amends. This is how guilt works. Guilt is a signal that our lives have been disrupted by sin. Guilt is a sign that a hurt needs to be healed. But there’s a [...]

Can Christians fall away? (Hebrews 6:4-6)

February 28, 2012 // 93 Comments

One of the benefits of believing the gospel of grace is that it changes the way you read the Bible. You realize that God is not in the bait and switch business of drawing you in with love only to hammer you with law. He is love all the way through. When you see this you will no longer get frightened when you read [...]

The Test of Your Gospel

May 8, 2011 // 38 Comments

I once heard a preacher say that “80 to 90% of Christians are unacquainted with the gospel of grace.” I guess this estimate is not far off the mark as evidenced by the large numbers of believers who are still trying to earn what God has freely given them. If you were to ask these people about grace they would [...]

Happy Easter!

April 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

This account of the good news is brought to you by the prophet Isaiah and the wordsmith Eugene Peterson: Good Friday (Is 53) 1  Who believes what we’ve heard and seen? Who would have thought GOD’s saving power would look like this? 2  The servant grew up before God–a scrawny seedling, a scrubby plant [...]

Romans 2:13 – Justified by the Law?

November 3, 2010 // 75 Comments

“For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.” (Rms 2:13, NIV) What?! Anyone acquainted with Paul’s gospel of grace will do a double-take right there! Is Paul really preaching righteousness through the law? [...]

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 [...]