September 29, 2016

Mondays with Michael Spencer: August 22, 2016

Religion #1: God is mean, angry and easily provoked. From day 1, we’ve all been a disappointment, and God is–justly–planning to punish us forever. At the last minute, thanks to Jesus stepping in to calm him down, he decides to be gracious. But don’t do anything to mess that up. Peace is fragile around here. […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: August 15, 2016

WHO HAS A PROBLEM WITH GRACE? Glad you asked. Christians who feel responsible for the “growth” of other Christians. When I was a youth minister charged with turning the rug rats into good little Southern Baptists, my “Grace to Works” ratio was about 10/90, i.e. I talked about grace about ten percent of the time, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: August 1, 2016

Note from CM: One of the chief characteristics of Michael Spencer’s life, ministry, and writing was his emphasis on grace. Over the next season here on IM, we will draw from his writings on the subject and re-present it on Mondays. • • • Lots of times, there’s something I want to write about, but it’s […]

Best of Michael Spencer: Our Problem with Grace

NOTE FROM CM: As we begin our week of classic Michael Spencer posts, this is the ideal place to start. In his eulogy at Michael’s memorial service, David Head said, “The grace of Jesus is, to use Jesse Stuart’s wonderful phrase, “the thread that runs so true” through Michael’s life.” In this post the Internet Monk […]

Charles H. Featherstone: Lent – By Grace Alone

Note from CM: I preached on Abraham from Genesis 15 last Sunday. I love what Charles says about the patriarch here, and wish I had said it half as well as he does. • • • What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something […]

John Barclay on “Dangerous Grace”

What is distinctive about Paul is his emphasis that grace is not just a gift given generously or in advance, but a gift given precisely without considering [the recipient’s] prior quality or worth. • John Barclay • • • One book on my wish list and reading plan for this year is John Barclay’s Paul […]

Is Evangelical Christianity the Wizard behind the Curtain of America’s Moral and Spiritual Decline?

Note from CM: We welcome a new contributor today. His name is Chris Kratzer, and he blogs at Grace//Jesus//Life, a designation that certainly wins our approval around here. In his bio, Chris says: I am a Jesus guy, husband, father, pastor, author, and speaker. Captured by the pure Gospel of God’s  Grace, my focus is […]

3 Kinds of Grace: A Heuristic Chart

While writing a sermon on Psalm 103, I was concerned that sometimes we Christians have a deficient view of the role of grace in the Christian life. I showed the following clips from Saving Private Ryan to illustrate one deficient view: that grace is something God saves us by, but we must then pay this […]