WWJS

Many of us are familiar with the WWJD acrostic that stands for What Would Jesus Do? The idea is that when faced with moral or ethical dilemmas, we should appeal to the example of Jesus. I have no argument against that. However, from my experience, I often fail to do what he would do. Sometimes, … Continue reading WWJS

Raising Empty Hands of Faith

These quotes comparing justification and sanctification are from one of my favorite books, True Spirituality, by Francis Schaeffer.  "In justification, the basis is the finished work of Jesus Christ; in sanctification, it [also] is the finished work of Christ. In justification, we must see, acknowledge, and act upon the fact that we cannot save ourselves. … Continue reading Raising Empty Hands of Faith

Sermon Notes for Sept. 23, 2012

Series: “Wrong Way: 4 Unexpected Principles that Will Turn Your Life Around”  The first principle... “Weakness is not a Liability”; the second: “The Greatest is the Servant,” the third: “Living Requires Dying” —> Today, “The Bad are In, but the Good are Out” Because of a fruit-based diet experiment in August, I learned how to choose/pick good … Continue reading Sermon Notes for Sept. 23, 2012

Sermon Audio (4.22.12): “No More Sandcastles” • Romans 10:1-21

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

God’s Drastic, Offensive, Liberating, Shocking and Counterintuitive Grace

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

Sermon Audio and Notes • “The Inevitable Question” (Romans 5:20-6:4)

In case you missed it, here is the sermon audio (including notes) from the message this past Sunday on Romans 5:20-6:4. Here we begin making a transition from understanding the grace-foundations of our justification to experiencing the grace-dynamics of our sanctification. So we are at a hinge in the letter of Romans—a hinge that will … Continue reading Sermon Audio and Notes • “The Inevitable Question” (Romans 5:20-6:4)

My Heart as a Continent in Need of Perpetual Gospel Advance

On Monday, Kristy and I had our monthly "marriage maintenance" phone appointment with our World Harvest mentor/gospel discipler, Stu Batstone. As I was expressing my frustration with how often I seemed to run into a wall in sanctification (2 steps forward and 3, 4, 5 or more steps back... and feeling totally unsaved), he shared an … Continue reading My Heart as a Continent in Need of Perpetual Gospel Advance