Righteousness

Hunger And Thirsting

BY SCOTT DAVIS

I always thought that people who hunger and thirst for righteousness are those who are so zealous to do good deeds that they are constantly gobbling up righteousness at every turn. They sort of sounded like a religious Pac-Man- a compulsive eater of good deeds.

Hunger And Thirsting

Breaking The “Righteous” Meter

BY MARIAH COWARD

In the first few years after God saved me I saw sin as this unfortunate parasite that was slowly sucking the life out of me. But I imagined that through enough hours of prayer, fasting and quiet time with the Lord I could successfully rid myself of these pesky leeches.

Breaking The “Righteous” Meter

We Do Not Mingle Law and Grace

BY MARTIN LUTHER

To give a short definition of a Christian: A Christian is not somebody who chalks sin, because of his faith in Christ. This doctrine brings comfort to consciences in serious trouble. When a person is a Christian he is above Law and sin. When the Law accuses him, and sin wants to drive the wits out of him, a Christian looks to Christ.

We Do Not Mingle Law and Grace

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

The Gift of Righteousness

BY ZACK JAMES COLE

Not that long ago the idea of the “gift of righteousness” was dreadful to me. Being gifted and able to live righteously was a righteous joke. The gospel got me in but I was taught that it’s my job to act like a Christian, grow spiritually, and work on providing evidence that I am saved through my better living and less sinning...

The Gift of Righteousness

Fig Leaf Righteousness

BY SCOTT DAVIS

My earliest memory of seeing a cartoonist drawing of Adam and Eve was in the waiting room at the pediatrician’s office. I probably had the flu. Sitting with my mom- I was waiting for the nurse to come and call our name. Also, I was hoping that I wouldn’t get a shot.

Fig Leaf Righteousness

Plankeyed: Vice, Virtue & The Christian

BY MARTIN LUTHER

Naturally each individual forgets the beam in his own eye and perceives only the mote in his neighbor’s. One will not bear with the faults of the other; each requires perfection of his fellow. 

Plankeyed: Vice, Virtue & The Christian

Reformation, Righteousness and Real Good News

BY BRENNAN MANNING

I believe the Reformation actually began the day Martin Luther was praying over the meaning of Paul’s assertion that the gospel reveals the righteousness of God to us—it shows how faith leads to faith. In other words, the righteous shall find life through faith (see Romans 1:17).

Reformation, Righteousness and Real Good News

Jesus is Not Your Prince Charming

BY KATHY STRAUCH

I’m sure you know the story. An orphan girl lives a monotonous life filled with loneliness serving as a slave to her stepmother and stepsisters. One day in a stroke of luck, she is visited by her fairy godmother. Her humble clothing and cinder smudged face become hidden by an extravagant ball gown.

Jesus is Not Your Prince Charming

Standing on My Tiptoes

BY ELYSE FITZPATRICK

The conversation between four year-old Jackson and his mom in the car after dropping off his siblings at school was all-too-typical. “Am I growing? Am I getting bigger? Why am I still so little?” Jackson began his habitual morning tears.

Standing on My Tiptoes

The Tragic End Of Appealing To Man's Righteousness

BY DANIEL EMERY PRICE

Abraham didn’t understand God very well (at least not early on). I don’t say that as a dig against the Patriarch. I don’t think any of us understand God very well either. When Abraham discerns that God is going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah he is bold enough to attempt to talk God out of it.

The Tragic End Of Appealing To Man's Righteousness

Sin Spanx

BY SCOTT DAVIS

Have you ever heard of Spanx? Although they’ve only been around since 2010, their predecessors have been around for centuries. Basically, Spanx are a 21st century girdle.

Sin Spanx

Green Jackets & White Robes

BY BRAD GRAY

I don’t know much about golf, but I do know that The Masters is like the Super Bowl for golfers. There’s something truly special about the annual tournament held at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, GA.

Green Jackets & White Robes

Camouflage, A Convict and A Cross

BY SCOTT DAVIS

Have you ever played hide and seek with a 2-year-old? News flash: They’re terrible at it. They either try to hide behind something that doesn’t even make sense.

Camouflage, A Convict and A Cross

Of Ice Buckets, True Righteousness, and Our Neighbor

BY ELYSE FITZPATRICK

Okay, okay... before everyone gets up in arms about my lack of care for helping people with ALS or breast cancer or... let me clearly state this isn't a blog against helping people suffering with these terrible diseases.

Of Ice Buckets, True Righteousness, and Our Neighbor

Of Heat, a C130, Shadows, and Wings

BY ELYSE FITZPATRICK

Recently my husband and I took one of our grandsons to the Miramar Air Show. I should rephrase that to read, we “took one of our grandsons to swelter” at the Miramar Air Show. I don’t know exactly what the temperature was on the flight line,

Of Heat, a C130, Shadows, and Wings