• GraceThoughts

    Reflections on the presence and power of the grace of God.

    Basic Faith

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    Jesus… said to him, “Follow me!” Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” – John 21:19-22 It’s...

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    Into the Ground

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    “Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.” – James 5:7 Growing up as a Southern Baptist kid in the evangelical tradition, I didn’t go to a church that was all...

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    Positive Christianity

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    I’ve had several good conversations with a work colleague this week about Christianity, and how it should impact a life. These conversations grew out of some reflections I had talking with a friend and also from considering the experiences shared by others I have known that felt similarly: Christianity is negative. The key complaint...

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    What is the Gospel?

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    The Gospel is first described in the New Testament as the message that Jesus and his followers shared with those they encountered about the Kingdom of God. “It is near”, they said. It’s also the message that Paul says his life was set apart for, that inspired his missionary journeys, his work with Gentiles,...

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    The Five Stages of Grace

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    Appreciative of systemists like James Fowler, I offer here an artificial framework for thinking about grace. Recognizing that God and His workings are mysterious, this post in no way suggests that I have “figured out” how God sprinkles His grace into the events of human lives. When He does, though, this article suggests how...

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    Perils of an Empty Throne

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    In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.~ Judges 21:25 How interesting it is that this is the verse that concludes the Book of Judges. It aptly summarizes the history of Israel in this period as the nation, without clear leadership and convictions, tumults from strength into weakness, and...

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    Open-Handed Love

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    I have a good friend who lost a sibling to cancer six years ago today. My friend loved her sister dearly, and she feels it every year when the anniversary comes up, if not only because she lost a sister, but also because that was one of the hardest years of her life, and...

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