Getting Better by Not Trying Harder

Getting Better by Not Trying Harder

Chad West Chad West
Tuesday April 12, 2016

holy spirit sanctification

Far from what a lot of highly worried religious folks think, we grace people do have a deep affinity toward ethics. We just don’t lie down and take the petty, authoritarian, moralistic silliness some people try to say is integral to the Christian faith. (I’m looking at you, works righteousness.) And I don’t think you can have a decent discussion about Christ-like ethics without talking about sanctification—the process by which we become more like Christ.

A World of Love

A World of Love

Chad West Chad West
Thursday September 17, 2015

holy spirit sanctification theology

There are two types of righteousness in the Christian faith. Martin Luther labeled these two as passive and active. Passive is the righteousness that we receive from God. We do nothing to receive it. Active righteousness is our good works, overflowing from a thankful heart, a new heart created in us by God through a new will empowered by God’s Holy Spirit.

Confessions of a Christian Zombie

Confessions of a Christian Zombie

Erik Guzman Erik Guzman
Tuesday March 31, 2015

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I suffer from a horrible hunger. It burns in my gut. I’ll call it what it is: it’s a sickness. I wander around groping in the dark trying to satisfy my diseased cravings. I’m not proud of that, but it’s true. I’m a Christian zombie, and I want to eat your brain. There, I said it… and I want your heart, too.

The Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You

The Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You

J.D. Greear J.D. Greear
Saturday March 28, 2015

holy spirit

Luke begins the book of Acts with a surprising statement. He says that in his former book—the Gospel of Luke—he “wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach” (Acts 1:1 ESV). The implication is that Acts records what Jesus is continuing to do. It’s not that in the Gospels Jesus worked, and now we, in his absence, work for him; during his incarnation Jesus worked through his earthly body and now he works through us.

The Three Chains of Legalism

The Three Chains of Legalism

Saturday February 1, 2014

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“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.