Faith’s reward

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. Heb. 11:6 If we focus on the pleasing and the rewarding we make interaction with God more about our behavior, what we...

Faith Works

Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” John 6:29 Do we also have to feel sufficiently guilty? Do we have to meet minimum performance standards? Which theological points must we accept? Are we obligated to some...

Be a Taker

For from his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. Jn. 1:16 NIV In place of the grace that God gave through the law of Moses we now are under the grace provided by the blood of Christ. Under the Law the required response was to offer...

Peace of mind AND heart

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.  Jn. 14:27 Peace empowers us to do and say what is constructive and of eternal consequence instead of posturing or cowering. The...

Brennan Manning and his Ragamuffin legacy

Back in the 90’s I listened to the music of Rich Mullins and Michael Card a lot. Both musicians were greatly influenced by Brennan Manning’s book The Ragamuffin Gospel. Mullins was so impacted by the ideas in this book that he named his band The Ragamuffin...