Regardless of what others may say or what seems most culturally acceptable, the gospel remains the power of God to deal with the penalty, power, and eventually presence of sin
I'm addicted to the gospel. It burns inside of me. And it seems to get hotter ever day.
I call for accountability in this post, but a certain kind of accountability – the kind that forces us to reckon with the scandalous nature of God's unconditional love for us
This is probably the best shortest explanation of the all important distinction between God's law and God's gospel that I've read. It's from Mike Horton's new book The Christian Faith
Are you tired of being told that if you're really serious about God, you must be in an "accountability group?"
I desperately want the church to be deeply reformed and re-energized by the gospel. But this comes at great cost because I believe wholeheartedly that the gospel is way more radical
Because the Bible has so much to say about it, healthy Christian people have always maintained a deep concern for the pursuit of holiness
This story told by my friend illustrates well the radical discrepancy between the ways in which we hold other people hostage in their sin and the unconditional forgiveness that God offers to us in Christ.
We seem to believe success in the Christian life (however we define success) is basically up to us: our commitment, our discipline, and our zeal
There's a lot of discussion taking place regarding the essence of the Gospel. People are asking questions like "What is the center of the Gospel?"
Even amongst the proponents of gospel-centrality, I still hear talk about there being two equal dangers that Christians must avoid: legalism and lawlessness.
There's an equally dangerous form of self-righteousness that plagues the unconventional, the liberal, and the non-religious types. We anti-legalists can become just as guilty of legalism in the opposite direction.
I hear people say that there are two equal dangers Christians must avoid: legalism and lawlessness.
Job's maintained his joy and perspective in a season of suffering because he held onto a robust theology of grace.
The fact is, that any obedience not grounded in or motivated by the gospel is unsustainable. No matter how hard you try, how "radical" you get
I once assumed the gospel was simply what non-Christians must believe in order to be saved, while afterward we advance to deeper theological waters.
Frost wrote two poetic dramas filled with references to God. The first, A Masque of Reason, is based on Job's story of suffering and comes across as rather inconclusive. But the second, A Masque of Mercy, has Jonah as the main character and wraps up in a more aesthetically pleasing way.
Contrary to what some have concluded, a transformational approach to culture does not assume an unrealistic optimism about what's possible in our fallen world.
When it comes to this world's future, God will follow the same pattern he engineered in Noah's day, when he washed away everything that was perverse and wicked but did not obliterate everything.
I think by segregating ourselves we miss out on some choice blessings that Jesus intends for his one body to enjoy.
Most churches would agree that any segregation arising from racial or economic bigotry runs contrary to the nature of the gospel and should not be tolerated. But there's another kind of segregation, perhaps more subtle, that many churches today have unapologetically embraced.
This is the final part of a 6 part series I've done on corporate worship.
Churches for years have struggled over whether their worship services ought to be geared toward Christians (to encourage and strengthen them) or non-Christians (to appeal to and win them). But that debate and the struggle over it are misguided.
Today I continue with my series of posts on corporate worship.
There's a growing trend in some churches to offer door prizes to any returning visitor. One church visited recently by a friend of mine promised him a ten-dollar Starbucks gift card if he came back the following week.