THIS IS HOW GOD LOVED (2 of 2)

THE TWENTY-NINTH DAY OF MARCH IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN Click here for Part 1 We are thinking about three sentences in a context, of which John 3:16 is the second, central, and climactic sentence. The statement that God "so loved" does not describe the intensity or extent of his love (as if it said "s-o-o-o loved") but rather tells "how" God loved--it is the same … [Read more...]

THIS IS HOW GOD LOVED (1 of 2)

THE TWENTY-SECOND DAY OF MARCH IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN We are familiar with Jesus' comforting words in John 3:16 about God's love and the believer's eternal life. But, as my preacher Jeff Christian noted recently, we often read or quote verse 16 in total isolation, are surprised to discover that the verse has a context, and are shocked to realize what that context … [Read more...]

Family notes 03/18/2015

THE EIGHTEENTH DAY OF MARCH IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN CHRISTIAN MOVIES - ROUND TWO - GracEmail subscriber and movie producer Pat Arrabito brought the following to our attention -- "College basketball’s March Madness is underway . . . But here at ChristianCinema.com, the madness has already divided our field in half! . . . In Faith & Theology, Hell and Mr. Fudge … [Read more...]

THE LAW FULFILLED IN US

THE FIFTEENTH DAY OF MARCH IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN RADIO GUEST TONIGHT -- God willing, I will be the sole guest tonight on "The Bible Live" program on Radio Station KSLR (AM-630) in San Antonio, Texas from 9:30-10:30 pm with host Newman (Soapy) Dollar. I have been asked to present the biblical case for the final end of the unrepentant. Listen via internet! Catch program … [Read more...]

Jesus fulfilled law and prophets (Part 2 of 2)

  THE EIGHTH DAY OF MARCH IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN   A gracEmail subscriber asks why God would throw out the Old Testament and replace it with another; why he would begin with an attempt to redeem sinners through a system of law-keeping, then switch to a system grounded in grace ; and please explain the statement that "the law was given through Moses; … [Read more...]

Family Notes (03/05/2015)

THE FOURTH DAY OF MARCH IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN RADIO MINISTRY -- God willing, I will be guest on Sunday night, March 15 on a radio program broadcast from San Antonio, Texas. More details to follow. PRECIOUS TO GOD -- Psalm 116:15 says that "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints." That is surely especially true when they are martyrs … [Read more...]

Jesus fulfilled, not destroyed, law and prophets (1 of 2)

THE FIRST DAY OF MARCH IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN A gracEmail subscriber asks how to assist a friend who struggles to understand how Old Testament law was replaced with New Testament grace. He doesn't see how the Old Testament could just be thrown out. * * * If we want to know Jesus' intentions toward, relationship with, and effect upon the Jewish "Law" and "Prophets" … [Read more...]