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Do We Get “3 Free Sins”?

Do We Get “3 Free Sins”?

I finished reading an interesting book called “3 Free Sins” by Steve Brown, and I’m curious to hear your thoughts about it. The basic idea of the book is that Christians are usually focused on “getting better.” We get obsessive about not...
Want Grace? Get in Touch With Your Brokenness

Want Grace? Get in Touch With Your Brokenness

There’s a story about Jesus in the book of Luke that I absolutely love. The story begins with a Pharisee (a religious leader) named Simon inviting Jesus over for dinner. They are reclining at his table, when a “sinful woman” (probably a prostitute) comes...
Sex, Maddi Runkles, and Throwing the First Stone

Sex, Maddi Runkles, and Throwing the First Stone

Maddi Runkles is an 18-year-old senior at Heritage Academy, which is a private Christian school in Hagerstown, Maryland. In January, she found out she was pregnant. The school requires all students to sign a pledge saying that they will adhere to a religious code of...
Resisting Grace

Resisting Grace

Grace is a beautiful thing. Grace means we are unconditionally loved and accepted, no matter what bad things we might have done in our life. We can receive grace from God, and we can also give grace to (and receive grace from) other people. Even though grace is...
What is Your Mercy Exception?

What is Your Mercy Exception?

I recently read an excellent book by a good friend of mine, Dmitri Bilgere, called Gateways to God. The book is about how to more fully experience God’s love and mercy in our everyday lives. I love the book because it is practical, and gives specific steps and...
Integrating Truth and Grace

Integrating Truth and Grace

I had a conversation with a friend the other day about Christianity and gay marriage. I held a more liberal position, and my friend held a more conservative position. He was wrestling with the issue, and was interested in reading more and trying to understand the...
Grace and Racism

Grace and Racism

I think if we truly understood the nature of God’s grace and how it works in our lives, it would help eliminate our racism. Racism is a huge problem in our country today. We are sharply divided along racial lines, and racial issues make up a high percentage of the...
Locked Into Conditional Acceptance

Locked Into Conditional Acceptance

One of the reasons I think it is so tough to accept grace from God and others, as well as give grace to ourselves, is we are locked into a mindset of conditional acceptance. Conditional acceptance means that you are loved and accepted if you are good, and you are...
But For the Grace of God Go I

But For the Grace of God Go I

I remember one time when I was little, I made fun of another kid who had a disability. When my mom heard me, she said something I have always remembered: But for the grace of God go I. What she meant was that it was only by God’s grace that I had a certain level of...
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