Steve’s Letter - December 2014

Steve’s Letter - December 2014

Steve Brown Steve Brown
Wednesday December 3, 2014

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I’m sitting here thinking about Christmas and it’s only October. As you know, I have to write these letters to you a long time before you get them. And I’m a Scrooge at Christmas (even though I look like Santa Claus). I was thinking (and in fact told him) that, if God really loved me, I wouldn’t have to do Christmas stuff…twice.

Steve’s Letter - November 2014

Steve’s Letter - November 2014

Steve Brown Steve Brown
Monday November 3, 2014

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The Christian life is a life without disclaimers. I don’t have to pretend anymore, make excuses anymore, cover my tracks anymore or protect myself anymore. It really isn’t about us—our goodness, our efforts, our commitment or our knowledge. It’s only about him.

Steve’s Letter - October 2014

Steve’s Letter - October 2014

Steve Brown Steve Brown
Monday September 29, 2014

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I’m irritated when people who should know better give grace with one hand and then take it away with the other. “Of course God loves you,” they say, and just when I’m ready to break out in song, they add, “but don’t let it go to your head.” These are the same people who talk about “easy believism” and “cheap grace.” After presenting the Gospel, they admonish those who have received it to go out and change themselves, the world or at least everybody they know.

Steve’s Letter - September 2014

Steve’s Letter - September 2014

Steve Brown Steve Brown
Monday September 1, 2014

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There is something quite irritating about a messy God. Messiahs don’t wash feet, blow noses or struggle with sexual temptation. It’s just not done…but Jesus did it. And in the doing of it changed everything we ever thought about God. God ran to us because we were too helpless, needy and sinful to run to him.

Steve’s Letter - August 2014

Steve’s Letter - August 2014

Steve Brown Steve Brown
Monday August 4, 2014

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I mean exactly what I teach and, no matter how shocking, heretical and radical it sounds, it’s exactly what the Bible teaches about grace. In fact, it is the essence of the Christian faith. In our efforts to be religious, right and righteous, we sometimes forget how shocking and counterintuitive the message really is. Telling Christians that God will never be angry at them no matter what they do, where they go or how badly they screw up can be disconcerting, but it can also be exciting to watch as students start to understand, knowing that they will then teach it to others.

Steve’s Letter - July 2014

Steve’s Letter - July 2014

Steve Brown Steve Brown
Monday June 30, 2014

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I don’t know about you, but I like to be in control because, when I’m not in control, I have found that I can get hurt. That, among other things, is one of the issues of an adult child of an alcoholic. We learn to keep every button within reach, all people at a controllable distance, and every instance of life manageable. I’ve been thinking about computers, people and life this morning and the problems associated with all three. I’ve come to the realization that I have very little control over any of them and never have.

Steve’s Letter - May 2014

Steve’s Letter - May 2014

Steve Brown Steve Brown
Thursday May 1, 2014

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I have a friend who recently went through a hard time…and what made it even worse was that his church didn’t seem to care. Nobody called, nobody referenced his pain, and nobody tried to reach out to him. He was devastated.

I often say when people criticize the church, “You don’t know nothin’! I could tell you stories that would curl your hair