God’s will is not always as pretty as we’d like it to be. We like things clean and tidy, but oftentimes the will of God is messy. This is a natural consequence of the Fall. Because our lives are broken through sin, God doesn’t just cast us off as defective vessels, rather, He meets us in our brokenness and often uses it to the glory of His name.
I’ve only just begun my plunge into the depths of Law/Gospel theology and it feels as though I’m thrusting myself into a whole new realm of spiritual thought. I am by no means an expert on God’s law, nor do I pretend to be…
Take the time to read this grieving, grace-filled statement from pastor and counselor Paul Tripp.
In the firestorm that’s erupted in the wake of Tullian Tchividjian’s resignation from Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, what has been most devastating to see is the general (and ironic) lack of grace given his way. The preacher of grace has now been turned into a pariah, outcast by the very people he proclaimed God’s one-way love to. Amongst the cadre of reactions and takes on this scandal, by far, this one offered by David Zahl is my favorite.
As most Christians collect themselves in the wake of what’s happened with Tullian Tchividjian and Coral Ridge, some seasoned insight is surely needed. Here’s another healthy perspective on what’s transpired by the man you might know from “Pirate Christian Radio,” Chris Rosebrough.
At first, I wasn’t quite sure how to react. I was speechless. I’m still trying to collect all my thoughts and figure out how I’m feeling. But most assuredly, this post by RJ Grunewald has soothed and assuaged some of the heartache. I pray you’ll find some grace in these heartfelt words.
Amidst all the wreckage, amidst all the brokenness, in the middle of our deepest, severest storm, God is there. God continually interjects and interrupts our calamity with His grace. I am still quite in shock at the recent news — but I must thank Kimberley for writing such a thoughtful piece. I definitely needed this, and I hope you’ll find encouragement in it as well.
An excerpt from Dr. Robert Moorehead’s book, “Words Aptly Spoken.”
The following is adapted from Jefferson Bethke’s spoken word video “Jesus > Religion,” which went viral in 2012, and now has over 31 million views on YouTube. It’s “a poem about the power of grace” and the absurdity of modern-day religion. Jefferson was subsequently commissioned to write a follow-up book of the same name, which has turned into a best-seller.
An excerpt from an interview between Gene Edward Veith and Bono, lead singer of the alternative rock band U2, in which Bono gives a candid and explicit confession of grace.