THE GOSPEL WAS ALWAYS PLAN A: GALATIANS 3:6-14

From the foundations of the earth, God’s eternal purpose was the gospel. One might wonder, however, what was the function of the Old Testament in general and the law specifically. After all, aren’t we to live good and moral lives according to the 10 Commandments and all? Good people go to heaven, right? Sure, good people go to heaven. The problem is, there is only one who is good. Jesus says plainly to the rich young ruler whom asked him on how... Read More

Jesus Perfects You, Not Your Own Efforts: Galatians 3:1-6

Image by Rooted Law lovers—a very serious accusation in the ancient church. Of all the errors that Paul dealt with, this was paramount—not radical theologies, wild prophets claiming to have a new “revelation” from God, or fantastic healing oils secreted from some holy man’s feet that could be yours for three easy payments of $9.99. No, the error is far more basic and deeply rooted in the human condition. Religion. At the heart of the matter,... Read More

If We Are “Perfect”, Why Don’t I See Perfect People?

Image by Taylor; through a lens The gospel has made significant inroads into religious Christian communities all over the world as of late. However, one common complaint heard from the religious is “Where are these perfect people?” In their mind, the answer to this rhetorical question is “no where.” There are no perfect people, or if they are “perfect”, it is only a positional perfection given to us legally—but we are still wretched... Read More

Grace + Nothing

Image by Jenifer Su Jesus Christ transforms. His cross transforms. The will and act of God alone to take human form and to rescue humanity from their plight transforms. Unwittingly, so many in the Church have undercut the cross and what Jesus accomplished on it. He rescued us. If in fact we can agree upon this basic Christian, gospel tenant, can we really say that we rescue ourselves? *OF COURSE* we can’t. And few Christians would claim outright... Read More

The Gospel of Christ, Not the Gospel of Men—Galatians 1:1-2

Image by Matthew Adam Blair The dream of Christian unity was just that, a dream. From the earliest sources, one thing is quite clear: the Church was not united. THE CHURCH, as in the mystical body of Christ, was and is “one” both with itself and with the Trinity—that seems to be without question. But the unity of the physical church was fractured, even in its earliest stages. This fracture spiraled from one central issue: was Christianity another... Read More

Why Everyone Should Live By the Phrase YOLO

Partying hard, Jack-Ass-esc feats of stupidity, or to simply summon the bravery to ask that clearly-out-of-ones-league girl out on a date, many youth have invoked a simple acronym—YOLO! When in doubt about smoking that joint, hooking-up with that guy, or simply jumping off that roof into a pool full of people, YOLO is yelled and all know and understand—You Only Live Once. YOLO is a term which embodies the ethos of this generation of youth. Whatever... Read More

No Matter What They Told You, You Are Already Perfect: The Most Common of Errors—Grace, Works, and Mormons

Image by alshepmcr There isn’t a religion in the world that doesn’t agree that there is something wrong with us. Humanity is flawed, corrupt, and capable of great evil. Within each of us, a great capacity toward evil exists. How this evil is quenched and how our souls and bodies are redeemed is debated, discussed, and is the topic upon which so many disagree. But at the core of what the Gospel is and what Christ Jesus, God in the flesh,... Read More

The Cost of Following Christ: Why You May Not Be Living Up to Your Calling

Image by Emily Brigid Standing upon the shore line, the tide washing away the sand about Jesus’ feet, He squinted in the mid-day sun. One could see dozens of fishing boats casting their nets into the water and pulling in a harvest of watery plenty. The men fishing these waters had done so for generations. Fathers taught the trade to their sons and they to their sons, so on and so forth for generations. Fishing was a good trade, and profitable if... Read More

Why No Matter Who You Are, You Are A Missionary: An Interview With Conway Robinson

Missions are at the heart of what it means to be a Christian. Spreading the Gospel is not something consigned to just a few missionaries in far away lands or by paid church staff reaching out to a local community. Every Christian is a missionary. Every Christian, no matter what age, what career path, or how busy, is responsible for making disciples, serving those in need, and act as the living representatives of Jesus Christ on earth. In highlighting... Read More

How Are We To Spread the News?: Bible Thumping, Thermometers, and Radical Service

Image by Ryan McGeeney Often the greatest difficulty of missional work is to know how to preach the gospel. Growing up, I tried a wide assortment of “sharing your faith” forms. While optimistic when learning them, I soon came to realize that they were none to successful. In fact, now when looking back, I am somewhat embarrassed that I thought they would ever work or that I even went through with them. No doubt there were many different types or... Read More

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