"Jesus is not enough." That's what we're saying when we buy into the lie that salvation is not "by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone." (cf. Eph. 2:8-9; Romans 10:9; John 3:16; Galatians 3:1-14) Working our way to heaven... what a miserable life. Never knowing if we're "good enough", if we've "done enough." … Continue reading “Jesus is Not Enough”
Good works are not required for salvation. Rather, they are evidence of our salvation. Whether it’s being faithful to our spouse, honest in our business/academic dealings, keeping our thought-life pure, being patient behind a slow-as-Christmas driver, or even attending church... These “good works,” albeit moral, don’t “get us into heaven.” Further, by God’s standards, there’s … Continue reading Stop Trying to be Good Enough
"Listen!", Jesus said, "a farmer went out to plant some seed....." (Mark 4:3) Jesus used parables for multiple reasons, one of which was for the purpose of helping the finite human mind connect with the infinite mind of God. In other words, by using parables God was using imagery we human beings could understand - … Continue reading “Miracle-Gro”
I’ve supplied for my former Sr. Pastors dozens of times, as well as preached every Wed. night to students for almost 25 years. Truth be told, preaching & teaching are my #1 passions- far more than leading music. I’ve always seen myself as a “preacher disguised as a musician.” 🙂 This is why I continue … Continue reading Redemptive Violence
As I contemplate the heroic courage of the men who gave their lives 70 years ago today (June 6, 1944) on the beaches of Normandy, France - and where our world might be had it not been for their sacrifice (consider a Europe ruled by Hitler's monstrous Third Reich into the late 40's, 50's & … Continue reading Separated No More: The Utmost “D-Day”
"My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One." (1 John 2:1, NIV) “We, the jury, find the defendant guilty.” Those are the words our foreman read representing all 12 … Continue reading As I Sat on that Jury, This is What God Was Telling Me….