Salvation

Sleeping Ugly

BY ZACK JAMES COLE

Do you remember fairy tales? Tales of magical creatures and far away fantasy lands? They were legends of lore that included dragons, magic, a moral to the story or a hero saving the day. I am a history nut and love the old stuff. I am willing to bet that when you reflect on what are considered to be a fairy tale classics…

Sleeping Ugly

The Christian Polytheist

BY CHAD BIRD

God doesn’t believe in atheists. As they reject his existence, so he rejects their rejection. They may not believe in the true God, but they do fear, love, and trust in Some Thing. And that Some Thing is the deity enthroned within their hearts. All atheists are closet theists.

The Christian Polytheist

Discarding All Merit

BY MARTIN LUTHER

We should steadfastly maintain our teaching so that we never let any work take credit for gaining the favor and grace of God, for liberating us from sin, and for bringing us to heaven. My merit is worthless for this. And if someone should want to use it for this, I must trample it underfoot and damn it to the devil himself…

Discarding All Merit

What Is Lacking In The Suffering Of Christ?

BY DANIEL EMERY PRICE

Did the Apostle Paul just say that “he fills up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ?" That seems a little at odds with Jesus statement "It is finished." Perhaps salvation isn't complete? Jesus suffered a lot, but maybe a little more suffering is required from each of us?

What Is Lacking In The Suffering Of Christ?

Can Jesus Save A Christian?

BY BRANDON HANSON

You’ve likely seen it yourself or at least heard of it happening. I recall hearing testimony after testimony from Christians who had been convicts, gang members, drug addicts, alcoholics, perverts, deviants, anarchists, extortioners, and scam artists. And Jesus saved all of them.

Can Jesus Save A Christian?

Obedience That Is Already Finished

BY BRAD GRAY

The rich young ruler’s inquiry to the Lord Jesus in Mark 10:17–22 remains increasingly prescient for us today. I would say that it’s the inquiry that’s apropos of the human condition; it’s the question on everyone’s tongue, even if it’s not explicitly admitted — that question being, “How do I secure a spot in heaven?”

Obedience That Is Already Finished

Whose Lord and Savior Is He?

BY DONAVON RILEY

That's the Christmas message the Church has preached, confessed, and sung for more than two thousand years. Jesus, born in Bethlehem, God's Word in the flesh, true God and true man is Lord and Savior. But who is he born for? Whose Lord and Savior is he?

Whose Lord and Savior Is He?

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

It Never Depended Upon You

BY JAKE ALLSTAEDT

I visited a senior man at his home the other day. I'll refer to him as “Jim.” Jim had recently returned home from the hospital after recovering from a fall. The back-and-forth from hospital to home had become his rhythm of life, and, because of that rhythm, he had been unable to attend worship.

It Never Depended Upon You

NOT The Gospel

BY ZACK JAMES COLE

There was a TV show back in the ‘90s called “Dinosaurs” that I used to sneak into the living room at night to watch. The reason I had to sneak-watch this show was that my loving and protective parents had a problem with the Baby in the show who was very disrespectful (albeit hilarious).

NOT The Gospel

When God Gets Ahold of Us

BY DONAVON RILEY

We all do it. It comes naturally to every human being. Since the Fall, every man and woman, every child, everyone imagines he can use experience and knowledge to figure out God. Specifically, to be God in God's place.

When God Gets Ahold of Us

The Greatness of the Gospel

BY MARTIN LUTHER

This is one of the best and most glorious Gospel lessons, such as John particularly wrote. It is worthy to be written in golden letters, not upon paper, but if possible upon the heart; it ought to be made the daily lesson and meditation of Christians, who should repeat it to strengthen their faith.

The Greatness of the Gospel

Keeping the Law in its Place

BY MARTIN LUTHER

I do not mean to give the impression that the Law should be despised. Neither does Paul intend to leave that impression. The Law ought to be honored. But when it is a matter of justification before God, Paul had to speak disparagingly of the Law, because the Law has nothing to do with justification.

Keeping the Law in its Place

A Question The Christian Must Not Utter

BY MARTIN LUTHER

When man, conscious of his failure to keep God’s command, is constantly urged by the Law to make payment of his debt and confronted with nothing but the terrible wrath of God and eternal condemnation, he cannot but sink into despair over his sins.

A Question The Christian Must Not Utter

Agree With Your Free Salvation

BY DANIEL EMERY PRICE

I’ve found that most people struggle to agree with God that we are fully forgiven, redeemed and justified by pure grace alone, for the sake of Jesus Christ alone. I know it’s difficult for me. That is why we need this gospel preached to us over and over. But wait. What about good works and loving my neighbor?

Agree With Your Free Salvation

Salvation Is Not A Possibility

BY DANIEL EMERY PRICE

As Christians, we are forgiven, justified, sanctified and will ultimately be glorified by the work of God alone. But in the messy middle space before glorification, we remain sinners. And sinners have a lot of reasons to doubt they are righteous.

Salvation Is Not A Possibility

God's Love Song Of Salvation

BY DONAVON RILEY

If we get past Sunday School moralizing what do we discover in the Old Testament? We read about remarkably immoral people loved by God. The Old Testament is one long history of God's reckless love for unlovable sinners. Godless Abraham. Murderous Moses. Arrogant, womanizing Samson. Tyrannical Solomon.

God's Love Song Of Salvation

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?

Our Sufficiency Is From God

BY MARTIN LUTHER

When it comes to the knowledge of how one may stand before God and attain eternal life, that is truly not to be achieved by our work or power, nor to originate in our brain. In other things, those pertaining to this temporal life, you may glory in what you know...

Our Sufficiency Is From God

Is Jesus the Only Way? The Question of Exclusivity

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

For centuries the great problem with the existence of God was the problem of evil. If God is good and loves us, why is there evil? There are two kinds of evil, moral evil, like violence and abuse and natural evil, like earthquakes and child cancer.

Is Jesus the Only Way? The Question of Exclusivity

That's What Christmas Is About, Charlie Brown

BY SCOTT DAVIS

In Luke’s account of Jesus’ birth in Luke chapter 2 we have a stunning account of an angel appearing to some shepherds who were “keeping watch over their flock by night.” We’ve all heard this account many times. Even if you’ve never picked up a Bible, you’ve been exposed to this part of the narrative.

That's What Christmas Is About, Charlie Brown

Childbearing Now Saves You

BY BRANDON HANSON

What if I told you that Paul means exactly what it sounds like he’s saying? What if I told you that Paul was in fact saying that “she” [Eve] and “they” [all women] are in fact saved through childbearing? What if I told you that it worked like a math problem?

Childbearing Now Saves You

The Impossibility of Salvation

BY BRAD GRAY

The salvation of wretched sinners by an omni-holy and forever-righteous God is, by all accounts, a categorical impossibility. The logic of righteousness insists as much, not permitting even the smallest ounce of sin to blemish the remarkable majesty of the Lord’s perfection.

The Impossibility of Salvation

Justification: One and Done.

BY PAUL DUNK

The protestant reformation took place 500 years ago this month as a result of false teaching that was sending the church running off to secure their salvation through good works – which not unlike my episode on that hike, starts you running down a path that proves utterly impossible to keep up.

Justification: One and Done.