December 15, 2017

Archives for August 2016

What is unique about the “Christian Life”?

Yesterday, in our discussion about James, Rocky asked some good questions about distinctions that are sometimes made between Christians and non-Christians and how that doesn’t always make sense to him. Christians are called to do “good works,” but many non-Christians do those same works, and it is hard sometimes to know what is supposed to […]

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Ten

Wednesdays with James Lesson Ten: The Old “Faith & Works” Debate — Completely Unnecessary We continue our study in the central section of the Epistle of James today. In the body of this encyclical, the author takes up the three themes he introduced in chapter one, addressing them in more detail and in reverse order. The first […]

Another Look: Luther on Good Works

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that counts is faith working through love. • Galatians 5:2, NRSV For Christ at the last day will not ask how much you have prayed, fasted, pilgrimaged, done this or that for yourself, but how much good you have done to others, […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: August 8, 2016

Note from CM: One of the chief characteristics of Michael Spencer’s life, ministry, and writing was his emphasis on grace. On Mondays for a season, we are drawing from his writings on the subject. • • • For me, the Gospel itself is “the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). The Bible is incomprehensible apart […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: August 7, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Sonnet Forty I understand that matter can be changed To energy; that maths can integrate The complex quantum jumps that must relate The fusion of the stars to history’s page. I understand that God in every age Is Lord of all; that matter can’t dictate; That […]

Saturday Ramblings: August 6, 2016

Welcome to Saturday Ramblings for August 6, 2016. We’re going to upgrade from our standard Rambler today to show you a great pic of Elvis Presley’s 1957 BMW 507, now restored to its original glory (and perhaps beyond). Top Gear has a great gallery showing the step-by-step restoration of the King’s ride, which he enjoyed while he was […]

Shirley

One of our team members said that Shirley “died of loneliness.” She had family, and whenever I met them they seemed to be attentive to her. I never heard her speak a word against them. But none of them were able to care for her in her final season of life. When Shirley first came […]

The Church of JC Capitalist

Here’s a perfect follow-up to yesterday’s Bible study.

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Nine

Wednesdays with James Lesson Nine: Are you not discriminating among yourselves? We enter the central section of the Epistle of James today. In the body of this encyclical, the author takes up the three themes he introduced in chapter one, addressing them in more detail in reverse order. James begins with matters related to relations between […]

Can this really be the gospel of “superabundant grace”?

But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ. And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from […]