Christians Persecuting Jesus

But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground he heard a...
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The Man Who Died Next To Jesus

There is an ex-convict walking the streets of gold who knows more about grace than a million pastors. His understanding of its doctrines would put the greatest of theologians to shame. And his story is my story. The Mockery of Christ All four Gospels tell us about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. In Matthew 27, Christ carried His death machine to “the place of the skull” – an appropriate name for the place where humanity...
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10 Things I Didn’t Understand Before I was Reformed

I, like so many others in my generation, was a Christian for a long time before being confronted with the doctrines of grace. Why does this matter? What difference do these doctrines make in the Christian life? There is a solid Christianity that has been fought for, that people have died for. There have been Church councils and controversial men who stood up to revolt against corrupt practices and unbiblical doctrines. We aren’t left in...
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Gallery Space

When your refrigerator is covered in your kid’s art projects, it’s time to invest in some new gallery space. Read more Dad vs Nature1

Cultural Relevance and the Doctrine of Vocation

The Shoe Maker A brand new Christian ran up to Martin Luther with excitement and asked him what he should now do with his redeemed life. He anticipated an answer that would send him on a path involving monk robes or distributing wine to communicants. Luther asked him, “What is your work now?” “I’m a shoemaker.” Luther replied, “Then make a good shoe, and sell it at a fair price.” This is a famous story...
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Human Garbage Disposal

As a kid, I rarely finished meals when our family went out to eat at restaurants.  Whenever there was leftover food, my dad was the one to eat it.  Now, as a father, I have taken on the mantle of “Human Garbage Disposal.” Read more Dad vs Nature2

The Young Restless and Reformed Must Die

Our warnings have fallen on deaf ears. There will be no more second chances. The Young, Restless, and Reformed must die.   The Enemy You know them. They’re the church hipsters with their skinny jeans, their well-maintained beards, their parted hair, their v-neck shirts, and their thick-rimmed glasses. You’ve seen them taking notes from the preacher in their moleskine notebooks. It’s disgusting. But this isn’t about style. For years, we’ve been trying to get through to...
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Why Our Discipleship Happens Most Effectively in the Local Church

Our individual sanctification happens throughout the day – every day, whether we are around Christians or not.  However, I am thinking of three reasons why our spiritual growth happens most effectively as we are in relationship with a local group of believers. Reason #1: Differing personalities in the local body stimulate our sanctification. As more Christians commit to a local, diverse body of people, our assemblies will be colored by various personality types.  As a...
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