RETHINKING ‘THE SINNER’S PRAYER’

THE TWENTY-NINTH DAY OF NOVEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN. It's a staple of conservative Protestant evangelism, so familiar that most evangelicals take it for granted. A bit odd perhaps, since neither Jesus nor his apostles nor any New Testament writer ever specifically mentions it. "It" is the so-called Sinner's Prayer, a verbal template that new converts are … [Read more...]

GOSPEL (WHAT) AND THEORY (HOW)

THE TWENTY-SECOND DAY OF NOVEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN. A gracEmail subscriber asks: "What is penal substitutionary atonement? is it the same thing as the gospel? Do you see any problems with it? * * * The New Testament word "gospel" means "good news." Specifically, the gospel is the good news that by the doing, dying, and rising again of Jesus of Nazareth, God … [Read more...]

Family Notes 18/11/2015

THE EIGHTEENTH DAY OF NOVEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN. HEAVEN ISN'T ENOUGH (By Gregory Crofford. Excerpted and condensed.) Why did Jesus die on the cross? The tendency has been to say that it was so we could go to heaven. However, that has always seemed incomplete to those coming from a Wesleyan-Holiness perspective. In the "Great Commission," Jesus outlined our … [Read more...]

CHORTLE, CHORTLE, MORTAL-PORTAL

THE FIFTEENTH DAY OF NOVEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN. The past two or three weeks have felt uncommonly filled with reminders that humans eventually die, and that, as one of those humans, I will share that common fate. Such reflections call for prudence and not panic, and they certainly take no one by surprise. That the present life is limited rather than boundless … [Read more...]

BOOK NOTES BY DAVID MATTHEW

THE ELEVENTH DAY OF NOVEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN. David Matthew is a British Bible teacher, Christian leader, blogger, and long-time gracEmail subscriber with whom I frequently share identical theological perspectives and a common approach to reading, interpreting, and applying the Bible. David's website is located at: www.davidmatthew.org.uk Below are David's … [Read more...]

Family Notes 04/11/2015

THE FOURTH DAY OF NOVEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN. Extraordinary honor elicits special thanks God willing, in a small, private ceremony scheduled to occur later this month, the Foundation for Evangelical Dialogue, sponsor of the Rethinking Hell Project, will formally present to the world a new volume titled A Consuming Passion: Essays on Hell and Immortality in Honor … [Read more...]

TO THE SOVEREIGN GOD

THE FIRST DAY OF NOVEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN. Beginning about the last quarter of the 20th century, self-styled evangelicals in America enjoyed unprecedented attention, opportunities and esteem. Many Christians served Christ faithfully and "made the most of the times" (Eph. 5:8-16). However, many others wasted their opportunities, copied the world's power-model … [Read more...]

BRUCE EDWARDS

THE FIRST DAY OF NOVEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN. We had looked forward to this visit for at least six months, so when our friends Bruce and Joan Edwards landed at Bush Intercontinental Airport last Wednesday we were naturally excited. They had flown to Texas from Alaska, where they moved four years ago to be nearer to grandchildren after Bruce retired from a … [Read more...]