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“No… you’re not crazy.” The boys deliver this message pretty regularly to those Christians who’ve begun to notice the contradictions within Evangelicalism. Faithfulness has replaced faith. Moralism has replaced the Gospel. Improvement has supplanted redemption. How did things ever become so convoluted?
I wrote the following letter to a new born child who was adopted by a family in our church. The parents feared that as the child grew and came to realize it was adopted it might view this as a stigma rather than a blessing. Perhaps they would question their identity and self-worth. They might…...
Byron Yawn There are two great threads in the Bible: Law and Gospel. The Law is threat, judgment, demand, obligation and condemnation. The Gospel is promise, mercy, grace and redemption. In the first we are required to do but cannot. In the latter we are given and not required. The Law is duty. The Gospel…...
Shame is a demoralizing emotion. It’s an indiscriminate sort of internal bully. No person, regardless of their relative confidence or station in life, is exempted from its ridicule. There is no route home where shame is not waiting for you. It can dispirit the strongest of souls. Bring the noblest to their knees. For some…
Statistics show that anxiety (in various levels) affects about 18 percent of adults in the United States. That averages out to about 40 million people. No other emotional disorder even comes close anxiety’s reach. In 2010 forty six million prescriptions were written to treat anxiety issues. With many it’s an acute condition. With others it’s…
How acceptable are our good works? We all have bad days, but on our best days what does the Father think of our obedience? Is He only concerned with sincerity of heart? Does He approve of those who give their best effort? The answer: Scripture tells us that our best attempts at holiness are so…
Our Father is continually watching over us with a holy and righteous gaze. What does He see? Adopted children who have received His unmerited acceptance and unconditional love. A powerful love that transforms His beloved into the likeness of His Son. A secure future resting in His presence enjoying the outflows of His glorious beauty…....