In the Weeds of Justification by Faith Alone: Some Background and Suggested Resources

Historically, in the Western Christian tradition, the good news of the saving message of Jesus Christ has been linked closely to the doctrine of justification by faith alone.[1] In short, according to the Reformed tradition, upon the exercise of faith, a person is united to Christ by the powerful working of the Spirit. Having been…

You Must be a Man to be a Father

My firstborn child turned 10 years old today. Today I have been a father for a decade. So, Dustin, what have you learned? I can sum up the majority of the lessons I’ve learned in this one sentence: if you want to be a father, you have to be a man. And I don’t mean…

What Does Psalm 51 Teach Us About God?

Here are a few lessons Psalm 51 teaches us about God: He is just in His judgments. Our sins our before Him and against Him. He breaks our bones and convicts us of sin. Then He restores us so we can rejoice in our salvation. His mercy is abundant. His love is steady and enduring.…

Don’t Drift from the Gospel

This Sunday I’m starting to preach through Galatians. I think the main thing Paul is doing in Galatians is calling his readers back to the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the theology of Galatians, it seems the gospel is unpacked in terms of justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. In short,…

Hope for Stubborn Sins

No one enjoys feeling trapped. When you feel trapped, you feel suffocated, pressed in, like there’s no way to escape. Many Christians live feeling like they are trapped in sin. While we experience the joy of Christ changing us through the power of the Spirit, there always seems to be certain sins from which each…

The Anatomy of Adultery

Neglect. Unintentional neglect of each other in your marriage. Both the friendship & physical intimacy begin to wane. Affirmation. Someone of the opposite sex is really kind to you. She notices you, compliments you, affirms you & you feel respected. Enjoyment. The compliment turns into a conversation. Maybe a lunch together. Your time feels good…