Category: What is the Gospel?

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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Easter: Pathetic Or Genius?

Jesus didn’t stutter when he said that he is the truth: I am the way, and the truth, and the life,” he said, “no one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6). Why did Jesus claim to be the truth, versus one single truth among many other truths? Why did he say that he would not share his glory with any other God or any other religious leader? Why was he unwilling to accept the mere designation of Rabbi or of a good moral teacher or of an exemplary human being? Furthermore, why do his followers seem stuck on...

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The Deceptive Draw of Greed

The Deceptive Draw of Greed In the movie Wall Street, Michael Douglas’ character, Gordon Gekko, says “Greed is good!” He lies, deceives, and cheats his way to riches only to be convicted and sentenced to prison by the end of the movie. But this is only a movie right; this does not happen in the real world, or does it? The Bernie Madoff scandal was the news story of 2008. The American public learned that Madoff had lied to his clients in their investments. Madoff funneled off his client’s money to the sum of 65 million dollars. The Justice...

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A Soft Answer Turns Away Wrath

Proverbs 15:1, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” I don’t know about you, but I readily admit to suffering on repeated instances from bouts with anger. Mind you this is not anger that results in being physically abusive, throwing things around the room, road rage, or things of that sort. The anger I typically fall prey to resides in the arena of a build-up of emotions that bubble out from my mouth in not so savory terms. Usually, these episodes come when work drives me bananas. You know how it is those days when your...

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Pride The Foe of Joy

Perhaps the fiercest and most hostile arch-nemesis to joy is Pride. It may be no surprise to us when we often hear that pride is the root of all sin. You can trace Pride’s evil touch in everything else, after all. It is, as one called it, “the chief vice.” It may also not surprise you that pride was working to steal joy from the beginning of humanity. The story of Adam and Eve’s sinful decision to eat of the forbidden fruit goes to show just how joyful man before the Fall was, and how swiftly the enemy came...

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