Root & Fruit

Root & Fruit

Erik Guzman Erik Guzman
Wednesday March 12, 2014

doctrines of grace salvation sanctification

I recently started a garden. I’ve been growing tomatoes, peppers, green beans and squash. Well, I’ve been trying to grow those things. I thought I should probably have some idea how to produce my own food just in case the manure continues to hit the fan here in the good ol’ U. S. of A. If it does, the most important thing I’ve learned from gardening is that I’m going to starve. It’s not that I couldn’t grow anything, it’s just that I couldn’t grow much.

In Christ: My New Identity

In Christ: My New Identity

Thursday March 6, 2014

doctrines of grace jesus salvation

I love conversion stories. Remembering my own brings tears to my eyes and fills my heart with gladness. I rejoice when I hear about a man steeped in the drug culture who turns from his ways or a woman who grew up in a religious home and finally comes to understand that her salvation is through faith alone by grace alone. All stories of God’s redeeming love are amazing, but the one that always moves me deeply is the conversion of Paul.

The Gospel vs. Moralism

The Gospel vs. Moralism

Monday February 17, 2014

doctrines of grace sanctification

Underneath all of our behavioral sins lies a fundamental refusal to rest in Christ’s salvation. According to Martin Luther:

"All those who do not at all times trust God and . . . trust in his favor, grace and good-will, but seek his favor…

We Are Alone

We Are Alone

Elyse Fitzpatrick Elyse Fitzpatrick
Saturday February 15, 2014

doctrines of grace incarnation jesus

When I was a child, I had a recurring nightmare. I would dream that I was standing on a darkened stage, completely alone. In my dream I wasn’t able to move, hide, or even speak. Rooted to the ground in terror, I sensed a threatening presence lurking just out of sight. I was lost, wandering. Somehow, and though I didn’t know how then, I knew I was ruined and had ruined something, and that there was nothing I could do to make up for my mistake.

The Three Chains of Legalism

The Three Chains of Legalism

Saturday February 1, 2014

doctrines of grace holy spirit jesus scripture theology

“It will be easy,” is what my friend, Steve, kept telling me, saying it would be easy to write on walking free. I don’t know why he thought so. Maybe it’s because he was so free in Christ. Maybe he thought I was. I don’t know why, but I found out something else very quickly: the more I have tried, the harder it has become.