‘THEREFORE’ WORSHIP

THE THIRTY-FIRST DAY OF JANUARY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. A gracEmail subscriber has heard that Romans 12:1 says our life each day is "worship," and concludes that we are not required to "go to church" or attend any kind of formal worship. Is that true or not? * * * Just true enough to twist and miss the whole point of the passage. After 11 chapters proclaiming and … [Read more...]

LIFE-GIVING … VISION … CONVINCING … VIDEO TREAT

THE TWENTY-SEVENTH DAY OF JANUARY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. LIFE-GIVING -- Although often more commentary than translation, Eugene Peterson's paraphrase of the New Testament titled The Message is excellent writing that often informs and inspires nonetheless. Consider this snippet based on the first two verses of the twelfth chapter of Paul's message to the … [Read more...]

YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED

THE TWENTY-FOURTH DAY OF JANUARY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. The name of Houston's Joe Jamail, aka "The King of Torts," will not be forgotten soon. Not at Baylor College of Medicine or the University of Texas, Rice University, or Texas Southern University, to name a few recipients of the philanthropic trial lawyer's legendary largesse. Mr. Jamail died early this month … [Read more...]

PURITANS . . . EAGLES . . . AND JMT

THE TWENTIETH DAY OF JANUARY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. PURITANS FREE ONLINE -- Regent College and Carey Theological College, both in western Canada, have merged their respective collections by Puritan authors, now housed together at the John Richard Allen Library in Vancouver, B.C. The 80 combined titles came mostly from the digitized personal library of Dr. J. I. … [Read more...]

SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED AGAIN?

THE SEVENTEENTH DAY OF JANUARY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. Jesus Christ personally commissioned his apostles to make disciples of all the nations, to baptize believers and teach them to do everything Jesus commanded (Matt 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:46-47). The baptism in this commission is gospel baptism in water. John the Baptist contrasted his own baptism in … [Read more...]

Family Notes 13/01/2016

THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF JANUARY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. GREEK PHILIPPIANS STUDY Dr. Gary Collier, creator of the popular "Coffee With Paul" (CWP) adult Bible studies, is now starting a new study of the Greek text of Philippians. This inviting but in-depth journey through one of Paul's most practical epistles is open to men or women of any age with any prior Greek … [Read more...]

RESOLUTIONS AND WORLDVIEW

THE TENTH DAY OF JANUARY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. A number of gracEmail subscribers report a common frustration associated with new year's resolutions. They resolve to achieve various stated goals, attain at least limited success for a time, then completely run off the rails. Do I have any tips on ways they can increase their determination, effort, and results? * * … [Read more...]

Family Notes 06/01/2016

THE SIXTH DAY OF JANUARY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. Feedback to gracEmail for Sunday, Jan. 3 The most recent previous gracEmail, published on Sunday, January 3, 2016, and titled "Knowing so much but so little," was unusually well-received by many subscribers, who responded in appreciable numbers with feedback intended to encourage, inspire, and inform--and who … [Read more...]

KNOWING SO MUCH BUT SO LITTLE

THE THIRD DAY OF JANUARY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. The second year of high school found me enrolled in a vocational class in commercial printing. A loud, smelly machine called a Linotype made a "line o' type" from melted lead. The printing "press" inked the type with hard rubber rollers and "pressed" paper sheets against the type like a giant rubber stamp. My first … [Read more...]