Don’t Miss List: “Favorite” Heresies, Don’t Trust Your Heart, How to Reach the Suffering and More

This list has been a long time coming. Quite a bit of ground to cover, since I haven’t done this for awhile. I’ll start with the most timely subjects:

“This is the last spastic breath from the Religious Right before its overdue death” – Collin Hansen

I generally avoid political issues like the plague around here. I believe the gospel and the truth contained in God’s word matter more than politics ever could. However, this opinion piece by Collin Hansen of TGC speaks directly to Christians about the latest Trump scandal and, is, in my view an essential read. Read it even if you don’t love the headline (I didn’t like the headline) – a better one would have been from the end “Woe to the hypocrites.”

The passage I found most pertinent:

To the older evangelicals planning to vote for Trump: You can try to explain the difference in electing a president and hiring a 23-year-old college graduate to evangelize students. You can say we’re electing a commander in chief and not a Sunday school teacher. You can say that God often raises up pagan leaders to deliver his people from their enemies. But no one is fooled by your arguments.

They can see you will apparently excuse anything in a Republican nominee so long as the alternative is a manifestly unqualified Clinton. And they will conclude that they don’t really need to listen to you when it comes to “traditional, biblical ethics.”

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Confessions of a Law Addict

I confess. I’m addicted to the law. If you’ve ever read the account of the prodigal son and identified with the older brother, or read the passage about the woman caught in adultery and (if you’re being honest with yourself ) you would have been in the crowd ready to cast stones, you probably are too.

Thankfully, God’s grace provides hope for all of us addicts.

I recently finished reading Pastor Tullian Tchividjian’s book, One Way Love, which is all about law and grace, how they are different and how they work together. It was a tremendous book and a reminder that I fall back into what he calls “performancism” all too often. And when I do, it’s wrong. (If you want to win a copy of One Way Love details are at the bottom of this post). Continue reading

Five Surprising Things You’ll Learn from Crucifying Morality

CrucifyingMoralityOne of best things about life getting back to normal is that I have time to read again. This past weekend I finished up Pastor R. W. Glenn’s book: Crucifying Morality: The Gospel of the Beatitudes.” I’ll admit, I’ve always found the Beatitudes a little puzzling which is why I picked up this book. It was very helpful and sometimes surprising. The book also has questions at the end of each chapter which would be useful in a group setting. Here are five things you’ll learn if you decide to read it.

1) The Beatitudes are not BE ATTITUDES in the sense of a moral list to strive toward and live up to. “Instead, they are the qualities that begin to characterize sinners who encounter God’s grace in the gospel,” R.W. Glenn says.

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Journey of Grace and More about Bell

I wanted to share a few articles that captured my attention recently. I really wanted to share these last week, but other things demanded my time.

First, Marvin Olasky of World Magazine has a really incredible Q&A with author Rosaria Butterfield that I highly recommend. It’s called Journey of Grace and it is a fascinating exchange between the professor (who was drawn to Christ through friendship with a “biblically orthodox pastor”) and Olasky. Continue reading

Announcement: Faith, Doubt and Other Lines I’ve Crossed

So after my post on Tuesday, Pastor Jay Bakker (@JayBakker) contacted me on twitter. It took me quite by surprise. He asked if was writing about the interview he did with Christian Post or his brand new book. I said I hadn’t read the book yet. He tweeted again and asked me to, saying that the interview didn’t do it justice. So in the interest of fairness, I told him I would. Especially since he did ask nicely. Continue reading