I think many times in the church, we spend a lot of time telling people that they need to be saved. But we always frame it in the context of being saved from something. I think there is something not completely consistent underlying this approach. It tends to be easier to cause people to fear, to get them to behave in ways that we may believe … Continue reading Lent 2020 | Day 10: “Saved”
For the last couple of days, we have looked at a couple facets of God’s grace in our lives. Today, I want to look at grace, not from God’s perspective, but from ours. What I mean is that after we have become aware of the breadth of God’s grace we are confronted with a significant challenge. That challenge is to become ambassadors of God’s grace … Continue reading Lent 2019 | Day 3: The Challenge of Grace
Most people will readily understand the idea of growing spiritually, but far fewer understand how this growth is cultivated and sustained. Continue reading Lent 2018 | Day #33: Spiritual Health
For the past eight years I served as a youth pastor in two United Methodist Churches. In that time I was introduced to John Wesley, the Methodist Movement and the particularly Wesleyan understanding of sanctification. I am not a Wesleyan theologian by any stretch, so please correct with kindness and grace. As I studied the origins of Methodism, I discovered that the moniker was actually … Continue reading Lent Day #35 | Sanctification
The third movement of God’s grace in our lives is called Sanctifying Grace. God has been at work in our lives with Prevenient Grace. When we heard the Gospel and believed we were born again as God applied Justifying Grace. Now the question becomes what will God do next? God has an amazing plan and desire for our lives. Peter answers a question that many … Continue reading A Wesleyan Moment | What is Sanctifying Grace?
As I read the bible I find that there is a given assumption that suffering will be, and to a greater extent than is understood, should be an expected part of what I encounter as a Christian. Continue reading Why Not Me?: Rethinking How and Why We Suffer | Part 1