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“It Was Not Me.”

Before launching into Chapter Eight of The Cross of Christ (entitled “The Revelation of God,” I think it is important to orient ourselves to where we are in the overall book.  John Stott says the “heart of the cross” is … Continue reading

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“Worth the Effort”

At times it is best to be honest or maybe a better way to express this is, we need to be frank.  In this context “frank” is best defined as “direct in speech or writing, especially when dealing with unpalatable … Continue reading

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“I Sin Frequently”

On February 10, I began a series of discussions about the consequences of sin based on Chapter 6 of John Stott’s book Basic Christianity.  Since then, I have commented on how sin alienates us from God, sin enslaves us to … Continue reading

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Consequence Number Three: Conflict with Others

When I was a baby, I reportedly had a visit from my great aunt Effie Thompson.  According to family legend, this wise, venerable lady leaned into my bassinet and declared “his ears are close to his head; he is going … Continue reading

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Consequence Number Two: Enslavement

I am going to be honest.  There are some subjects that are terribly hard to discuss. The fact that human beings can become slaves to sin is one of them. Most of us don’t want to even consider we are … Continue reading

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Consequence Number One: Alienation

“I know there are consequences for our sinful actions but is it possible to escape the consequences if we start living differently?”  from “B.L.” to Reverend Billy Graham “Sin is a terrible and destructive thing, and sometimes we have to … Continue reading

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Social Comparison: A Waste of Time for the Christian

Social comparison is a term that emerged from the study of social psychology in the 1950’s.  Social comparison is what we do when are trying to get some sort of evaluation of our station in life.  We compare ourselves to … Continue reading

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The Shrine, The Market, The Law Court and Now, The Home….

On January 6, 2022 I began a discussion of Chapter Seven of John Stott’s The Cross of Christ.  Chapter Seven is entitled “The Salvation of Sinners” and it is the first of three chapters designed to sum up what Christ … Continue reading

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Ok I’m Saved but What About My Predilections?

In the post “Justified… ‘Accepting Membership in THE Club’” [January 20, 2022]  I admitted I had more questions about my “new life” so as promised, I will continue discussion of justification in this post.  By way of review, justification is … Continue reading

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Justified…”Accepting Membership in THE Club”

The Christian “club.” Every “club” has its own unique language.  I always went to church as a child.  My parents made the effort to take me there.  They took me to Sunday school to learn about Jesus.  I was baptized … Continue reading

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