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

Actions Demonstrate What We Place Our Faith In—Law or Christ: Galatians 2:1-21

Image by Blake Burton Too often faith is backward. Understandably, with everything else in life, what we do determines who of what we are. As the adage goes, “You are what you eat.” Indeed, if you want to be a fit person, you must eat right and exercise. The kingdom of heaven is not like this. Despite what some ministers, pastors, and churchies in general tell you, you are not defined by what you do, but by who you are. Indeed, you are holy, clean,... 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 Les Miserables Gives Us Hope: How Grace Triumphs Over Law

Artwork from Les Miserables 2012 Miserable is certainly not the term to be applied to the film Les Miserables. Translated as the miserable, the wretched, the poor ones, or the victims—Les Miserables has been a force of narrative brilliance since its writing in 1862. This film adaptation to the broadway musical is masterful, to say the least. Sobs of sadness and joy could be heart throughout the movie theater, as was the case all over theaters worldwide... Read More

Blogging the Bible: A Grace-Centered Reading Through the New Testament

Image by Lucy Loomis There are few books that have the depth of impact on the human soul as does the Bible. Regardless of reading it over and over again, a freshness emerges in the text each time it’s read. This year I have decided that I am going to blog through the New Testament. I do so mostly for me, as such an endeavor is not new. I will be trying to condense books, chapters and passages into a single thought, challenge, or concentration.... Read More

WHY I AM BURNING ALL MY OLD TEACHINGS AND EMBRACING THE TRUE GOSPEL (which I had never known until now)

Image by Esmé Fransen My own theology, and the theology presented here at THEOLOGY21, has had—since its’ inception—a kernel of uncertainty and doubt. While recently cataloging all the pervious articles I have written in the last few years, one resounding theme emerged from my thinking in those formative years: I was uncertain what “the truth” was in a literal sense. Yes, Jesus Christ is Lord—but what that actually meant, how one should... Read More

Why You Are Already Perfect and Already have Everything—You Just Don’t Realize It Yet

Image by especially_today Many have a deep nostalgia and strong emotion toward Christmas. As children, we laid wrestling in bed, eager to creep down the stairs on Christmas morning to see what beautifully wrapped bundles and boxes lay beneath that glorious tree. The overwhelming excitement and joy can scarcely be described, bubbling and pressing itself up through the chest and into the throat. Such excitement was felt in every inch of the body. On... Read More

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