Ever hear the phrase, “You need to commit your life to Christ”?
I have… used to hear it and say it all the time. It was the prescription for spiritual health.
Struggling with anxiety? You need to commit your life to Christ. Emotionally gutted because of betrayal or treachery? You need to commit your life to Christ. Not sure where you will go when you die? You need to commit your life to Christ.
So often did I hear this idea it seemed it was a mantra of some kind. I think I get what those who used (and maybe still do) the expression were trying to convey – We need to trust in Jesus.
When Paul Young wrote The Shack he did not intend a large-scale challenge of Western Christianity. He intended to help his children see through the disastrous vision of God that he himself had been taught and to help them see in a story that God is Love, real love,
Participation in Grace Alone
The various Grace Movements of our day feature a spectrum of convictions regarding the unilateral grace of God through the finished work of Christ. In this blog, I’d like to address this range, problematizing some extremes and proposing a way forward that takes seriously our participation in grace-alone salvation.
Have you ever thought about what eternal life is? I mean, have you actually tried to define it? Usually, what I came up with was pretty straightforward. Eternal life is to live forever. You know, life without end. But, after digging a little I found something that was a bit surprising…
Of all the times in Scripture where the phrase “eternal life” is used, I discovered that statement is where
Why do you suppose we believe that eternal life is a simple transaction? Maybe we say we don’t believe this, but a large segment of Christianity sure has communicated this in explicit transactional terms…
“This is eternal life: that they might know you and your Son whom you have sent.” John 17:3
In my previous post I suggested that eternal life was found in a relationship, not a transaction. Yet, there was a time, had you suggested this to me, I would have feared the good news of eternal life was being poisoned