Pastor, How Do You Define Yourself?

Many years ago I connected with Ed Underwood (and I have referenced his resources before on this blog). He recently wrote this post… (which is addressed to pastors but is for ALL OF US in ministry….) Pastor, the Shocking Contrast Between Legalism and Grace. We can choose to define ourselves as pastors by what we’reContinue reading “Pastor, How Do You Define Yourself?”

Brokenness Aside

Brokenness Aside Written by Leslie Jordan and David Leonard Performed by All Sons & Daughters (Lyrics below, scroll down for the audio…) Will your grace run out If I let you down ‘Cause all I know Is how to run ‘Cause I am a sinner If its not one thing its another Caught up inContinue reading “Brokenness Aside”

A Kiss Instead of a Lecture (Grace)

“You’re worried about permissiveness – about the way the preaching of grace seems to say it’s okay to do all kinds of terrible things as long as you just walk in afterward and take the free gift of God’s forgiveness… While you and I may be worried about seeming to give permission, Jesus apparently wasn’t.Continue reading “A Kiss Instead of a Lecture (Grace)”

Grace In a Graceless Culture

“We live in a graceless culture. A culture of competition in which we’re all trying to get ahead. A culture of insecurity in which we’re all trying to prove ourselves. A culture of spite in which we hold grudges, envy success, protect ourselves. In this culture our shared meals offer a moment of grace. AContinue reading “Grace In a Graceless Culture”

How Does Growth Truly Happen?

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” – 2 Peter 3:18 Growth always happens “in grace”. The truest measure of our growth is not our behavior, it’s our grasp of grace–a grasp which involves coming to deeper and deeper terms with the unconditionality of God’s love. It’s alsoContinue reading “How Does Growth Truly Happen?”

What Grace Does

What Grace Does The Law says, “You have not continued in all that I require of you, and therefore you are cursed.” And the gospel says, “Christ has redeemed you from the curse of the law, by being made a curse for you.” The Law says, “You are a sinner, and therefore you should beContinue reading “What Grace Does”