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The goal of grace

Posted on April 8, 2013

In all of the social media/blogging buzz on the grace of God, it is troubling to me that the second coming of Jesus has been largely absent from the discussion. According to Paul, anticipating Jesus' return was the goal of grace. Jesus' return will bring an end to all unrighteousness, therefore true grace motivates sober, self-controlled living before that day. And because His return is the culmination of all of our hope, grace also teaches us to eagerly anticipate that day:...


Hope and the return of Jesus

by Josh Hawkins
Posted on April 4, 2013

In the past several years, few verses in scripture have been as beautifully disruptive to my heart as 1 Peter 1:13:

“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
(1 Peter 1:13 ESV)

Peter opens up his first epistle with a eulogy lauding the mercy of God towards His people. He reminds his readers of their coming inheritance (verse 4-5) as they remain faithful to Jesus through trials (verse 6-7), recalling the...

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Jesus and the Eyewitnesses by Richard Bauckham

Posted on April 2, 2013

Over the past several hundred years, the testimony of the four Gospels have been criticized, scrutinized, and undermined by liberal scholarship. In this book, Richard Bauckham argues that the Gospels are not anonymous oral traditions passed down and recorded in writing, but rather testimonies of eyewitnesses who had actually been with Jesus.

Bauckham forcefully refutes the long-standing idea of "form criticism" and draws on internal evidence in the Gospels themselves to support his argument.

I would highly recommend this book for any reader of the Gospels and those...

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Unto Death by Dalton Thomas

Posted on April 2, 2013

Before Jesus returns, the scriptures make clear that the church will "fill up in [her] flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ" (Colossians 1:24), embodying the sufferings of Jesus as the highest witness to the world of the longsuffering love of God. Because much of the church in the West is unfamiliar with the normalcy of suffering for the Gospel, Dalton's book Unto Death is a critical message for the church in this hour.

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Putting Jesus in His Place by Robert Bowman

Posted on April 2, 2013

The central theological distinctive of Christianity--that Jesus is God incarnate--has repeatedly come under fire from adherents to other religions and scholars who interpret Jesus as a prophet, angel, or guru. Putting Jesus in His Place is designed to introduce Christians to the wealth of biblical teaching on the deity of Christ. Using evidence from the New Testament, this book helps readers appreciate the significance of Christ's deity in a personal relationship with Him, and gives them the confidence to share the truth about Jesus with others.

Along with this book, I highly...