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The One Thing Wrong With Seeking Advice On How To Respond to Tragedy

The One Thing Wrong With Seeking Advice On How To Respond to Tragedy

How do we respond to a tragic horror like this weekend’s shooting in Orlando? If you’re just asking now, you might be asking the wrong question. It’s not that there’s no answer. There is, and on one level it’s quite simple. I do not say it is easy, but at least it can be stated simply: We respond in love according to truth and grace, as always. Jesus was full of grace and truth (John 1:14), and God is love…

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The Progress of God’s People

The Progress of God’s People

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference If there’s one lesson we can learn from church history it’s this: God’s work has survived moral rum-dums and downright bad people down through the ages. It can survive one more: me. We looked last time at failures among the people of God. It is a sorry tale, but it has a flip side: God never gave up on them, throughout Scripture and down through history. One could draw…

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“When Christianity becomes lethal”

“When Christianity becomes lethal”

When I opened up Susan Brooks Thislethwaite’s Washington Post opinion piece, “When Christianity Becomes Lethal,” I was skeptical, to say the least. There is a disturbing tendency among some observers—Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens are great examples—to treat so-called “fundamentalist” religions indiscriminately, as if all are equally prone to violence. That’s nothing but absurd, as a quick survey of the news will tell you almost any day of the week. The article met my expectations through several paragraphs, disappointingly so….

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The Map or the Fuel? Living By Grace

The Map or the Fuel? Living By Grace

Is the Christian life a life of rules? The Bible is full of commands, but it also says we’ve been freed from the law. Is that as confusing to you as it has been to me? Last November Discipleship Journal published an article I wrote to sort out those questions. I have permission now to publish that article here. The text follows here, or you can read the PDF scan (756 Kilobytes). Fallen from Grace? It was more than 15…

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Jesus: Full of Grace and Truth

Jesus: Full of Grace and Truth

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.–John 1:14 Jesus–referred to here as “the Word”–came with glory reflecting his Father in heaven. Part of that reflection was in the grace and truth he expressed. Henry Cloud (previously referenced here) was the one who showed me how these work together, through his book Changes That Heal. There is a productive,…

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