Gospel Wednesdays

Self-Loathing vs. Cheap Grace

Self-Loathing vs. Cheap Grace

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While counseling I often find myself reminding people either of the wretchedness of sin or the magnificent grace of God. I say “or” instead of “and” because it is sometimes difficult for us to believe both truths at the same time. Nonetheless, it is vital to believe in both. And it’s not really that we’re supposed to try to keep…

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The Gospel as Adoption

The Gospel as Adoption

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God is very big. And I don’t mean big in the sense of large, but big as in larger-than-life big. He is imposing in his grandeur (in fact, whom else would you use the word “grandeur” for?); He is magnificent, imposing, and overwhelming. As I was listening through the Old Testament again, I was reminded about how very small we…

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The Gospel as (my big, crazy) Family

The Gospel as (my big, crazy) Family

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Today I am providing the “Gospel Wednesday” vignette since Paul spent the better part of his weekend (when he normally writes) with my family in a last-minute, “I-can’t-believe-everyone-is-moving-away” mini vacation in the mountains.   Vacation reminds me yet again just how messy and unpredictable life becomes once children join a family. As tiny people are added, the potential for chaos…

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The Gospel as Study

The Gospel as Study

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Last week we talked about the story of the gospel. The “good news” of Jesus is first and foremost about the breathtaking grace of God as accomplished in history. And so Jesus came humbly (incarnation), lived righteously (active obedience), died painfully (crucifixion/passive obedience), rose triumphantly (resurrection), exited gloriously (ascension), and will come again imminently (second coming). This is the history…

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Gospel Wednesday: The Gospel as Story

Gospel Wednesday: The Gospel as Story

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The gospel has become a buzzword for many Christians. In some people’s minds (or perhaps just their mouths) it is used like the word itself is a panacea for all Christian ills. What’s ailing you today? Are you discouraged about your health? Try thinking more about the gospel (yes sir, that should help). Do you need joy? Well, you should…

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Gospel Wednesday

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For the Christian, there is no truth as precious or as deeply refreshing as the gospel or “good news” of Jesus. As we rush around “getting things done” and “making a difference” it’s easy to miss the Spirit’s invitation to slow down and quench our thirsts. Yes the gospel is “the water of life without price” (Rev 22:17), but it…

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Christmas: What’s the Big Deal, Anyway?

Christmas: What’s the Big Deal, Anyway?

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The Christmas season has arrived, and having read many blogposts about how good parents do special things for the advent season, I decided to try and do something with the boys. Not wanting to get ridiculous, I gently steered Liz away from all her talk of daily advent craft projects, daily candle lighting or advent calendars complete with candy and ornaments…

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