the lie and lure of legalism Wednesday, Feb 28 2007 

Today I enjoyed the opportunity (as example of tip1 in action) to attend chapel at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. President Dr. James Emery White spoke on how so many people get it all wrong, specifically in regard to grace and its chief enemy legalism. He said that legalism is deeply entrenched in the cultural fabric of America. People feel that they need to get their lives in line before they can have a relationship with God. This is the lie of legalism; we need to be good before we can come to God. The truth is we heed Jesus’ call “come unto me” then he transforms us from the inside out. In addition to legalism being a lie it is also a lure. Legalism can be a lure for those who are already Christ followers because it gives them something concrete, a list they can check off, a goal they can obtain instead of living in the mystery of living in the Spirit. As Christians we need to proclaim the lie of legalism while also being sure to avoid the lure it can be. All the while looking unto the grace given to us in Christ Jesus.
Titus 3:1-11

Grace is at the heart of loving God and loving people. –Dr. White


tip1 Monday, Feb 26 2007 

Take advantages of classes in your area. While most of us do not have the time, money or desire to begin taking college classes again we still like to learn, especially on a specific topic or from a specific teacher. For example, last week my friends were greatly impressed when they heard Haddon Robinson speak at Founders Week at Moody Bible Institute. I told them to go to Gordon Conwell, the seminary Dr. Robinson teaches at, and sit in on some of his classes. I have done this with professors at Gordon Conwell, Gordon College, Maryland Bible as well as others. Take advantages of classes in your area, or make a trip to see someone you enjoy, and pop in for a free class from some great teachers.

back on track Saturday, Feb 24 2007 

After what might have been the hardest two weeks of school I have ever had, things are back to normal and there is a lot to catch up on. New books, classes, outreach events, conferences, churches, movies are a few of the things that have happened over the past couple of weeks. I expect to catch up on these and more in the coming days. For today, I am jumping in the car and heading to Harvard University where a few of us are going to share the Gospel. Please keep this time in your prayers. Thank you.

New Look. Saturday, Feb 24 2007 

In memory of the hours upon hours I spent reading and studying over the past few weeks I decided to change the style a little by showing a few worn, torn books, lightening up the page a little bit and making it cleaner. So here you go, our first change in style since the first entry over five months ago.

Church Culture Monday, Feb 5 2007 

Using churches is a sad example of alternative marketing that is becoming more and more widespread. While it is sad, it is encouraging. For me it stands out that Hollywood, as void of Christians and Christian values as it may be, recognizes the power and influence of the pulpit. While I hope that churches do not become pawns used by corporations (I heard that some churches have sponsored sermon series ie. Jiffy Lube’s Tune Up Your Life Series or something like that) I am encouraged that these companies do see the influence of the church. I pray that the influence of the church will continue to grow in today’s culture and will someday regain the leadership it once had.