Bragging Rights - Steve’s Letter July 2015

Bragging Rights - Steve’s Letter July 2015

Steve Brown Steve Brown
Wednesday July 1, 2015

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I was working on a sermon this morning (it’s a cow that never stays milked) and the text was 1 Corinthians 9:13-23. I guess I’ve taught that text a hundred times but a verse jumped out at me that I hadn’t noticed before or, at least, a verse to which I hadn’t paid much attention. It’s where Paul says in verse 15, “I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of my ground for boasting.”

It’s Finished – Steve’s Letter June 2015

It’s Finished – Steve’s Letter June 2015

Steve Brown Steve Brown
Wednesday June 3, 2015

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I finished the manuscript for the new book about an hour ago. Some of it is so good I can hardly stand it, some of it isn’t half bad, and some of it is so bad that I don’t think it is fixable. I have a friend (a former academic dean) who often said there were two kinds of doctoral dissertations—“the finished ones and the perfect ones.” He would then laugh and add, “You don’t get both.”

Ripping Off The Mask – Steve’s Letter May 2015

Ripping Off The Mask – Steve’s Letter May 2015

Steve Brown Steve Brown
Wednesday May 6, 2015

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When Christians first get the fact that they are loved and forgiven unconditionally, and experience the freedom and joy that truth gives them, they have a tendency to quickly take off their masks. We’ve all heard the testimonies of new Christians and, if you’re like me, you’ve probably winced at some of the things that were confessed or revealed. I decided it was important that Christians (while still being authentic) recognize they need to “be careful out there.”

Where Do You Draw the Line with Grace? - Steve’s Letter February 2015

Where Do You Draw the Line with Grace? - Steve’s Letter February 2015

Steve Brown Steve Brown
Wednesday February 4, 2015

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I’m often asked, “Okay, I get this grace thing, but where do you draw the line?” My standard answer is that you don’t; and when you do, it’s no longer grace. Grace covers white lies, murder and porn. It’s an umbrella that invites gays, lesbians, adulterers, liars and thieves. It’s for the pretenders of goodness and obedience. It covers the arrogant, the fat, the angry and the failures. It’s for everybody who is unqualified.

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.