RJ Grunewald

A Table For The Broken

BY RJ GRUNEWALD

Throughout Jesus’ ministry, he invited a rag-tag group of sinners to have a seat at the table. The table was so important that while Mark described, “The Son of Man came to seek and save the lost,” Luke suggested, “The Son of Man has come eating and drinking.”

A Table For The Broken

The Good News About the Bad News

BY RJ GRUNEWALD

The Law gets a bad rap. There is certainly a negative component to the Law. The work of the Law is very different than the work of the Gospel. If the Gospel’s work is to revive, the Law’s work is to kill. If the Gospel’s work is to cover over sin, the Law’s work is to expose sin.

The Good News About the Bad News

The Scandal of the Cross

BY RJ GRUNEWALD

A Roman execution device isn't exactly a picturesque scene of divine love on display. It'd be the equivalent to having three criminals side-by-side in electric chairs. Or a firing squad having their criminals in a line with crowds watching and laughing. We'd never turn that scene into jewelry or bumper stickers; it's disturbing.

The Scandal of the Cross

To the Crazy Ones

BY RJ GRUNEWALD

What would happen if a group of misfits, rebels and round pegs aligned around a desire to bring us back to the pure Gospel?  What would happen if a group of reformers got together and pushed forward into this new day and culture with the message that has been handed down to us from the scriptures?

To the Crazy Ones

Quieting The Voices

BY RJ GRUNEWALD

The accusations of the voices we hear on a daily basis are deafening. There is no shortage of voices that will remind us of our failures. If God can choose to speak even through the mouth of an ass to get his message across...

Quieting The Voices

No Approaching God Without Christ

BY RJ GRUNEWALD

The Law is a powerful word. The Law has the power to kill. The Law has the power to condemn and break down. The Law has the power to crush. And all of those powers are necessary—without the power of the Law, we’d never bear witness to the power of the Gospel.

No Approaching God Without Christ

Grace for the Weary and Wounded

BY RJ GRUNEWALD

The sociologist John Robinson is known by his colleagues as "Father Time." He has dedicated his career to researching how people use their most valuable resource, time. In the book Overwhelmed he makes a crazy statement regarding his research about time

Grace for the Weary and Wounded

Grace In The Shadows

BY RJ GRUNEWALD

We filter our lives and crop out the sadness so that everybody sees a version of us that has everything together. We don’t tell people we have a problem, we aren’t honest about our struggles, and we do whatever it takes to cover our muddy tracks.

Grace In The Shadows

Calling "Bull" On Theology

BY RJ GRUNEWALD

It’s time to call bull on a theology the dominates Christianity. Brandon Bennett, in a post on Mockingbird, introduced me to a brilliant book by a philosopher Harry Frankfurt that helps us define and describe bull...

Calling "Bull" On Theology

Grace Has Come (Free Music & Interview)

BY RJ GRUNEWALD

I happen to work at our congregation that has some incredible artists, who like you love good Law-Gospel theology and they have been gracious enough to share this all for free.

Grace Has Come (Free Music & Interview)

The Original Formula

BY RJ GRUNEWALD

In 1985 the Coca-Cola Company introduced a new formula for their flagship soda. Perhaps this may not seem like a big deal, but keep in mind I’m not talking about adding a new product like Cherry Coke, Diet Coke, or Vanilla Coke. 

The Original Formula

Abuse Doesn’t Get the Last Word

BY RJ GRUNEWALD

Renee Alston, in the book Stumbling Toward Faith, begins her story with these disturbing words: “I grew up in an abusive household. Much of my abuse was spiritual—and when I say spiritual, I don’t mean new age, esoteric, random mumblings

Abuse Doesn’t Get the Last Word

To Those Beaten Up by the Church

BY RJ GRUNEWALD

Bloody, bruised, and burnt out—our friends, family members, and coworkers are walking out of churches, giving up on God’s family, and at the same time giving up on the message that the Church has been entrusted with.

To Those Beaten Up by the Church

Bloodied, Beaten, and Bruised

BY RJ GRUNEWALD

Jesus tells the story of a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho who falls into the hands of robbers. The text reads, “They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.”  Beaten and bruised at the hands of robbers,

Bloodied, Beaten, and Bruised

The Pressure of Pinterest and the Weight of Facebook

BY RJ GRUNEWALD

We recently went on a magical vacation with our family to Disney World. After the vacation we were talking to some of our friends about the experience and they asked, “How did you do it?” I was puzzled until they continued, “Your pictures looked so great

The Pressure of Pinterest and the Weight of Facebook

Me Generation

BY RJ GRUNEWALD

Only the Millenials could have invented the “selfie.” We’re self-obsessed, right? While the previous generation had Bill Gates and Warren Buffett—relatively nondescript fellows—we have Lady Gaga, and Justin Bieber. Nondescript? Not so much.

Me Generation