Category: What is the Gospel?

God’s Law is Good

On one hand, the Apostle Paul teaches us that we, as believers in Jesus Christ, “have died to the law through the body of Christ” (Romans 7:4) and on the other hand that “the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good” (12). Which is it? Paul hints at a balanced answer to this question when he writes to Timothy that “we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully” (1 Timothy 1:8). It is helpful then for us to consider, or reconsider, the goodness of God in all that he does—including...

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Saved by Grace

Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, I remember when Danny Thomas, the founder of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, died in February of 1991. Local and national cartoonists paid tribute to him in the next day’s newspapers, many of them showing him entering heaven “at the front of the line” and one even depicting him on a slip-and-slide going through the pearly gates. The clear implication was that any man who had done this much good for this many people must be on heaven’s fast-track to eternal happiness. Paul here in Ephesians 2:8-10 in accordance with all of Scripture teaches that...

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Salvation Is Unflattering

As part of a Wednesday night summer series, our church has been studying some of the “salvation words” that are found in Scripture. As we’ve worked our way through concepts like substitution, reconciliation, and redemption a particular truth with which I have been impressed is this: salvation doesn’t make us look pretty. No matter what Scriptural terminology you use to describe what Jesus did for us on the cross, none of them put us in a flattering light. “Substitution” can be described as Jesus taking our place on the cross. Our sins were placed on Jesus when He was...

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Gluttony

The saying goes that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and for me, this has proven to be true on more than one occasion. I love food. I love cooking food, creating dishes, and mimicking cooking techniques of some of my favorite celebrity chefs like Bobby Flay, Geoffrey Zakarian, and Mario Batali. I enjoy the good pleasures a freshly prepared meal by my own hands brings. The Disney-Pixar movie “Ratatouille” is one of my favorites because it centers around cooking and the pleasures that come from it, both ethereal and physical. All this to be...

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Expiation, Good Friday and the Wonder of the Cross

At my local church, we have a Good Friday service where we nail a piece of paper with our sins to the Cross. This event is symbolic of what Christ has accomplished for us. It is about more than just subscribing to our belief in the sufficiency of Christ finished work to cleanse us of our sins. It is about standing in wonder of what Jesus has done. Over the past few years, I’ve come to appreciate this service. In this service, we are saying that we truly believe that Jesus has dealt with our sins on the cross....

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