Grace Does More Than Save

We typically think of Grace (God's Riches At Christ's Expense) as that which saves us. We don't deserve to spend eternity in heaven, but because of grace, God sees Jesus when he looks at us instead of seeing our sin, and welcomes us into his kingdom. Even the late,...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Songs That STILL Sound Good

These aren't my favorite songs ever. These are simply those songs that, whenever they come on the radio, I keep them on.  Some combination of melody, rhythm, and vibe makes these sound as good as the day I first heard them.  Here they are. 5. Never Been Any Reason, by...

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Some Thoughts On Home

I spent Monday through Wednesday of this week at a United Methodist conference in Dallas, Texas.  As a lot of you know, that's the city of my birth, childhood, and adolescence. One of the first things I did on this trip -- as I do every time on those rare occasions I...

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Up From Cynicism

Over the past several years,  I have, thankfully, emerged out of a fog of cynicism. I went through a season where I was so frustrated with the actions of people who described themselves as mature Christians that I almost threw out the notion of mature Christianity...

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Behind The Scenes, Week 2 — “Beauty And The Bleh”

So there's a beauty: Esther. And there's bleh: her life situation, her predicament, her enemies. Why have both synagogue and church always included such a sordid, "godless," story in their Scriptures?  What does Esther 2 have to say to us in 2018. Quite a lot.  It's a...

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