Ryan Couch

I Am A Fake Christian

BY RYAN COUCH

What is a fake Christian? I think the answer depends upon how you define “Christian”…the Bible says that a Christian is one who has faith in the person and work of Christ as his/her only means of salvation; that is that they’ve been put to death and raised into new life with Christ.

I Am A Fake Christian

The Myth of Christian Maturity

BY RYAN COUCH

In a world where science tells us that everything is deteriorating and we’re all one day closer to our physical death it’s nice to think that there might be something we are getting better at. The ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, taught that this is in fact the essence of ethics; to find purpose through habitual improvement.

The Myth of Christian Maturity

God With Us

BY RYAN COUCH

It’s the Christmas season, that time of year when families gather together to exchange gifts and spend time with one another. While most of our Christmas celebrations look more like the Griswold’s than they do the ubiquitous Hallmark movie, we celebrate nevertheless.

God With Us

Forgiveness Is Finished

BY RYAN COUCH

I’ve had a lot of nasty things done to me in my 43 years of life. Many of which were done by church people while we were worshipping and serving Jesus together. I’ve also done some nasty things to others along the way, but as a highly skilled theologian of glory, I like to believe that the nastiness done to me far outweighs the sin I’ve committed against others.

Forgiveness Is Finished

Christ’s Gifts For Ingrates

BY RYAN COUCH

Have you ever received a gift for which you were less than thrilled, but you had to pretend you really liked it so as not to offend the giver? It is an awkward feeling, but despite your ambivalence, it is the right thing to do. When Christ gives us his gifts he is not as interested in our response as our human counterparts.

Christ’s Gifts For Ingrates

Why Do We Go to Church?

BY RYAN COUCH

For most of my Christian experience I was taught and I taught others that church was primarily a place to go to serve, to use your gifts, to bless others. “You don’t go to church to be served but to serve!” This became for me a mantra that I championed for many years as a pastor.

Why Do We Go to Church?

Freedom in Death

BY RYAN COUCH

What is the role of the law in the life of the Christian? Is the Christian under the law? If I am free from the law why doesn’t it feel like it? I wrote this story to help answer these questions and illustrate the above words of Paul from Romans 7.

Freedom in Death

Project Car Christianity

BY RYAN COUCH

Growing up my dad was always working on some project out in his shop. Much to my mother's chagrin, he would drag home some broken down vehicle or boat in need of a complete overhaul. Once he towed home a giant horse trailer that was completely rusted out and falling apart and we didn't even own horses!

Project Car Christianity

Sanctified By Faith

BY RYAN COUCH

As sinful humans, we are adept at taking what God gives as gift and making it into a work. Nowhere is this made more evident than in the universally misunderstood doctrine of sanctification. Scripture teaches that faith is not something we do but something that is created within us as the promise of Christ is heard.

Sanctified By Faith