The Difference Between Religion and the Gospel

Tim Keller shows the difference between Religion and Gospel in his new publication, Gospel in Life Study Guide (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010), p. 16. Acceptance Religion: “I obey; therefore, I’m accepted.” Gospel: “I’m accepted; therefore, I obey.” Motivation Religion: Motivation is based on fear and insecurity. Gospel: Motivation is based on grateful joy. Obedience Religion:.. read more →

The other side of justification that we often miss

A great post by Dane Orlund via “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” –Lam. 3:24 Our tendency in our evangelical universe is to articulate justification by faith alone morally, for the past (conversion) and future (entrance into heaven), without applying the soothing salve of justification emotionally.. read more →

materialism depersonalizes, the spirit re-personalizes…

Coming off of this past Sunday’s sermon by Steve, I thought this was too good not to pass along. “. . . knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ.”  1 Peter 1:18-19 Our.. read more →