The Gospel Man ministry held another "Grace and Men Conference" this past weekend at Perimeter Church in Atlanta. The two speakers were Scotty Smith and Tullian Tchividjian. Although I cannot do them justice for the content that they presented and the enthusiasm with which they presented it, I do want to give a summary of … Continue reading Grace and Men Conference Summary, Part 1
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Since this weekend is the Grace for Men Conference at Perimeter Church, I thought I'd have one of the speakers, Tullian Tchividjian, be our guest blogger today. In this post, he writes about the necessity to have gospel idicatives empower gospel imperatives. "People need to hear less about what we need to do for God … Continue reading The Power of Gospel Indicatives
Since tonight and tomorrow morning is the Grace for Men Conference at Perimeter Church, I thought I'd have one of the speakers, Tullian Tchividjian, be our guest blogger for the weekend. Today, he writes about why lots of us a afraid of radical grace. Tomorrow, he describes the importance of having all gospel imperatives being … Continue reading Are You Afraid of Radical Grace?
Francis Schaeffer, in one of my all-time favorite books, True Spirituality, says: “I'm convinced…that this is when we begin to make our forward steps as Christians: When I know through experience that I can lay hold of Christ's blood by faith to cover my sins this morning, and then to cover my sins this afternoon, even … Continue reading Spiritual Progress
From Grace 4 Life, a discipleship course for disciplers by Dr. Johnny Long.
We are all in a struggle for righteousness, whether as parents, students, professors, engineers or preachers. We all have an impulse in us that wants to "make a name for ourselves." What we discover in Romans 10 is that Jesus is the end of the struggle. Since he has built a righteousness for me, I … Continue reading Sermon Audio (4.22.12): “No More Sandcastles” • Romans 10:1-21
I've got to go read, but first this... : ) "What has exceedingly hurt you in time past, nay, and I fear, to this day, is want of reading. I scarce ever knew a preacher who read so little. And perhaps, by neglecting it, you have lost the taste for it. Hence your talent in … Continue reading It’s Time to Read
Francis Schaeffer, in his book True Spirituality, writes of the necessity live in the gospel moment by moment. "I became a Christian once for all upon the basis of the finished work of Christ through faith; that is justification. The Christian life, sanctification, operates on the same basis, but moment by moment. There is the same … Continue reading Living in the Gospel Moment by Moment
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Hey Creekstone folks, So do you know what your sandcastle is? Say what? Well, you had to be there today to understand. Nevertheless, for those who were at Creekstone's Sunday gathering today, I want to encourage you. Sandcastles can be redeemed! This happens when I recognize my motive for doing something is to "make a … Continue reading Post-Sermon Reflections on Building a Sandcastle Righteousness
Here are the downloadable resource pages for this Sunday's message on Romans 10:1-21, "No More Sandcastles." An outline, practical questions for life change, K-Group discussion questions, bonus notes and extra resources are included. Romans_10.1-21-resource_pages.pdf Download this file
Here are some thoughts on the "new birth" from John 3... I need more than a good teacher or guru... I must be "born again" (vv. 1-3) The "new birth," or regeneration, is not a physical birth, but a spiritual birth- see also Eph. 2:1-5 (vv. 4-7) Regeneration is a work of God the Holy … Continue reading I Don’t Need a Guru
In Ken Sande's book, The Peacemaker, he outlines the four promises of forgiveness. In other words, this is what I am saying to someone when I say, "I forgive you." “I will not bring this incident up against (ie, to use against) you again.” (Of course, if someone is struggling with an ongoing pattern of sin, … Continue reading The Promises of Forgiveness
In Sunday's message on Romans 9, I encouraged us, in light of the gospel, to consider going, not on a spending, but on a mission S.P.R.E. (for fun, we'll pronounce it "spree," even though it only has one e). The four aspects of that acrostic are explained below, which describe how ordinary folks can be … Continue reading Go on a Mission S.P.R.E.
After speaking to a large group of his denomination (which is also my denomination), Steve Brown was approached by a man who was really upset, claiming that Steve was "arrogant, rude and prideful." In that moment, Steve replied with a genius answer, saying, "Bingo! You have read me well, but I'm better than I was. … Continue reading The Bingo Retort
Theme: When my guilt burden is lifted, a grace burden grows.
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This is adapted from chapter 10 of Bryan Chapell's book, Holiness by Grace, showing us, that in sanctification, it is God who works in us: "All that we require for growing in godliness, our God provides. In themselves, our works provide no basis for boasting, no foundation for comparison to others, and no claim on heaven’s … Continue reading “It is God Who Works in You”
What do I do when life feels overwhelming and out of control? The first step is to cry out, "Abba, Father." It's what a child does when he can't handle something. And our Father loves for us to come to him in our need. Let's review: 1. We can't bear the weight of our own stress, … Continue reading The Effort is in the Casting
Several years ago I attended a small group training seminar that encouraged groups to put out an "empty" chair when they met. This was to remind them of someone who was not there that could be there. As I look out at the high school auditorium, I stand amazed at the number of seats that … Continue reading The Empty Chair
At a Key Life pastor's conference, Dan Allender, said, "The Christian faith and the grace at its heart is so radical that most congregations can't deal with it." I will raise my hand to confess that I am one of those who wants to believe the gospel at a radical depth, but who struggles. Fear … Continue reading God’s Drastic, Offensive, Liberating, Shocking and Counterintuitive Grace
This just in from my Puritan friend, Jeremiah Burroughs (via another friend, Ray Ortlund), “My brethren, the reason why you have not got contentment in the things of the world is not because you have not got enough of them. That is not the reason. But the reason is because they are not things proportionable … Continue reading Contentment Does Not Require More
In 1857, a quiet, forty-six year old businessman named Jeremiah Lamphier sensed God leading him to start a simple, noontime prayer meeting in New York City. People could attend for a few minutes or stay as long as an hour. The first day he prayed by himself for half an hour. Yet, by end of … Continue reading It’s Easy to Work, but Hard to Pray