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Fear of Freedom

One of the prevailing responses to the message of free-grace or the freedom found in Christ is fear. This fear has as its basic assumption that free-grace in Christ won’t actually lead to good works, but leads to inactivity at best or licentiousness at worst. Instead, one must see the Law as God’s means to […]

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Righteous?

Righteousness—and how to achieve it—is at the heart of Christian faith. But what, according to the Bible, makes us righteous? Another word, justification – “to be made righteous”, refers to the same issue: how do we come into a proper standing with God? In Christianity at least three ways of determining righteousness have been promoted: […]

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When I was growing up my grandparents had an in-ground pool in their backyard.  It was the place to be on a hot summer afternoon in Oregon.  Here the whole extended family would gather around good food and the coolness of the swimming pool. We all loved these days. As the family enjoyed each other […]

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Lovers of Love

Near the end of the Song of Solomon the bride speaks of love as an uncontrollable force that cannot be quenched or overpowered. Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, […]

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Luther’s Discoveries

For the past couple weeks I’ve spent time with a good friend, Martin Luther.  It’s been a rich and fruitful time! I would encourage anyone to do the same.  As I was rereading Luther’s Lectures on Galatians (1535) and Heiko Oberman’s biography Luther: Man between God and the Devil (A must read!), I was struck […]

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Experiencing God

The stir for this entry comes from Martin Luther.  What caught my attention is a revisit to Tuomo Mannermaa’s intriguing work, Christ Present in Faith: Luther’s View of Justification (Fortress, 2005).  Luther, according to Mannermaa, held that a believer’s experience of Christ in saving union is crucial to faith. The reason for mentioning this is […]

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