Dominick Santore

Un-Joyfully God's

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I know the inclination should be towards joy and hope, but for some of us, it's not. And I sometimes wonder, if there's enough grace for us? Can grace cover a perpetually sad-sack Christian, who knows what he or she has to look forward to, but has trouble translating that into the here and now?

Un-Joyfully God's

Move, Before Death Comes...

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I got your life application right here! First off, Happy New Year! It's 2019 and there's a sense of optimism floating about in the air. Now, please allow me to continue that, and bring you more good feelings of gumdrops and cherry licorice. How would you feel if someone you knew suddenly died?

Move, Before Death Comes...

I Am The Reason For The Season

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I apologize to you, all the people of the world. I apologize for my part in making Christmas necessary. I have learned that Christ is NOT the reason for the season, I am. It's true. All the sin and shame I bear for all my wrongdoings have made it a necessity for Christ to come in the form of a man, being born of a virgin.

I Am The Reason For The Season

Specks and Logs

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I’m a life-long New Yorker, and I have the pleasure of working minutes from the neighborhood I grew up in as a boy.  As I pass by it, I still come across a few familiar reminders of that neighborhood I grew up in, including an old friend’s mom, and some buildings that spark fond memories as well. 

Specks and Logs

I'm Not Chad Bird

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I think we can all agree that there is not a more popular writer on Christ Hold Fast than Chad Bird. Let’s face it, He paints pictures with his words that some of us on here can only dream of doing, and he’s got the credentials to back those pictures up. To be sure, he’s probably one of the most learned writers here…

I'm Not Chad Bird

Grace Twists Braids

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I saw a beautiful picture of grace yesterday. A real bestowing of favor on someone less deserving.  I saw a father braiding his daughter’s hair. It wasn’t some random thing I happened to catch in the corner of my eye. I know these people. I know their stories.

Grace Twists Braids

A Cloud Full of Grace

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. But, who are these witnesses, what do they witness to, and what does it mean to be surrounded by a great cloud of them? What do we find in this “cloud”? The “who” is simple enough. We just need to look one chapter prior in Hebrews.

A Cloud Full of Grace

God Alone Saves, Right?

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I find in the pages of the Bible, a God who constantly saves. Right from the start, He proves this by rescuing Adam and Eve from their poor choice to rebel and sin. In doing that, he sets up a system that reconciles the world. That’s right, from the very first infraction, God rolls up his sleeves and says, “everyone will need this, not just these two knuckleheads.”

God Alone Saves, Right?

Secure In His Righteousness

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

Allow me to paint a picture for you: I knew a man in my old neighborhood. He was an old leathery-faced balding biker with facial tattoos. He was the kind of guy that when you saw him, and his scowl heading in your direction, you thought about crossing the street, just in case. I met him at my old church’s neighborhood food pantry.

Secure In His Righteousness

Come And See

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I know it’s hard for some people to put aside old ideas and notions about Christianity, Christians, and church in general. It’s a dug-in skepticism that’s born from a life of bad experiences, and even worse Christian jargon and teachings. It’s pushing back against all of it.

Come And See

Finding Satisfaction in Desolate Places 

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I wish I was better at seeing the bigger picture. Or maybe, I wish I was simply better at seeing the larger scope of its beauty. My wife took a trip with her sister to San Francisco, and while there, she had the opportunity to visit Muir Woods.

Finding Satisfaction in Desolate Places 

Hope Within The Shadows…

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

Besides being an incredibly bad segue, in a terribly flawed article, I tend to see myself in other people in the same way this young boy sees the dead. It sometimes feels as if these other selves haunt me like shadows lurking around me, and no matter what I do, I can’t make them go away.

Hope Within The Shadows…

The Good Struggle? 

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I have to admit, there are times that I'm still completely susceptible to self-serving salvation projects. Even in my writing, I look for good responses from people, and find some worth for myself in them.

The Good Struggle? 

"Touched" By God

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

Some days, people need a touch. Not just any touch, but something that says, "I care about you, and I love you." We don't need a 15 second hug because some statistics shows it releases endorphins and makes you feel better.

"Touched" By God

The Gospel: No Strings Attached

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I don't remember the first time I heard the gospel, but I do remember the first time I began to understand it. It wasn't during a revival meeting, a church function, in an accountability group, or anything like that. It was at home, and I was dealing with exposed sin in my life.

The Gospel: No Strings Attached

Chasing Broken Christians

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

Do we only want to be around people who want to be around us? We certainly like people who agree with us, and we love people who buy the same books, or saw the same movies as us. We want to be around people who are like ourselves. It's just more comfortable.

Chasing Broken Christians

Forgiveness At Every Level

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

Whatever level of sin you're rummaging around in, forgiveness and grace is yours. I really could stop right there, and most Christians would get the point, but as I've said before this topic hits home for me, and its important for me to be reminded that whatever I've done, if Christ is my hope...

Forgiveness At Every Level

Yet Faith Remains…

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

Almost every day during the warmer months, I take a stroll on the boardwalk near my home. Sometimes, I'm up early enough to see the sun burst forth from the horizon, and some days I get out at just the right time to catch it dropping from view.

Yet Faith Remains…

Death And The Gospel

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

A while back, my wife and I attended the wake and memorial service of a friend from a prior church we attended. He was in his 50's, died unexpectedly, and left behind a wife and an adult daughter. It was hard to see him laying in that coffin...

Death And The Gospel

We All Sink Like Peter

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

If there is one thing I like about Peter, it's his failures. He was bold and passionate about following Jesus, and yet he would also at times fall flat on his face. I could only imagine all the things that weren't written about him.

We All Sink Like Peter