PERSONAL UPDATE

THE TWENTY-EIGHTH DAY OF AUGUST IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. This update is coming to you from Sara Faye, scribe, and me, "dictator." Following successful back surgery on Monday August 15, and three nights at Methodist Hospital West in Katy, I moved to Memorial Hermann Rehab Hospital Katy with expected return home on September 3. I am grateful to God for his presence … [Read more...]

Family Notes 24/08/2016

THE TWENTY-FOURTH DAY OF AUGUST IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. When the People’s Republic of China was founded in 1949, the nation had 500,000 Christians. Add 70 years of official governmental oppression, and today Christians number more than 60,000,000. At that rate, by 2030 we can expect to see 200,000,000 Christians in Communist China, says Purdue University sociologist … [Read more...]

PARABLE PRESENTS TWO PUZZLES

THE TWENTY-FIRST DAY OF AUGUST IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. A preacher spoke about Jesus's parable of the sower (Matt. 13). Jay had two questions, which he asked his mother Marti. Marti was emailing my mother and casually mentioned Jay's questions to her. Mom was writing to my wife Sara Faye and, by the way, asked her to ask me how I would answer if asked. I felt asked, … [Read more...]

Family Notes 17/08/2016

THE SEVENTEENTH DAY OF AUGUST IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. A TOUR OF MY WEBSITE It occurs to me that many gracEmail subscribers might never have explored my website, http://www.edwardfudge.com . Hoping to entice you to do so, I give you the following list of the helpful resources it contains. The materials listed below include thousands of pages and represent decades of … [Read more...]

Family Notes 15/08/2016

THE FIFTEENTH DAY OF AUGUST IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER'S HEALING God's will is on the side of health, wholeness, and salvation. The English words "hale," "health," and "whole" share common roots. When the Gospels tell stories of Jesus forgiving sins and healing the sick, the words translated "heal" and "save" often translate the same Greek word. The … [Read more...]

JESUS, JUSTICE, AND JUDGMENT

THE FOURTEENTH DAY OF AUGUST IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. It is undisputed that when God judges all humankind, he will judge them individually and based on the heart. No one will finally be redeemed or condemned on a "group plan," and what interests God most about each individual is not visible on the surface. God is supremely fair, and he will judge or measure each … [Read more...]

Family Notes 10/08/2016

THE TENTH DAY OF AUGUST IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. MAKING WORLD PEACE--ONE MIND AT A TIME Sometime tomorrow, August 11, God willing, sixty young leaders from 15 countries stressed by ethnic, racial, national, religious and political conflict will assemble for two-and-one-half weeks in the picturesque town of Fuzine, Croatia. The occasion is the 2016 Renewing Our … [Read more...]

WHY BOTHER TO PREACH?

THE SEVENTH DAY OF AUGUST IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. In an earlier gracEmail, I stated that God will judge all people by the light they had and not by truth they could not know. A dedicated missionary in South America and a former missionary to Africa ask, “If that is so, am I wasting my time here? Why preach the gospel today? Are you saying that people are saved apart … [Read more...]

Family Notes 03/08/2016

THE THIRD DAY OF AUGUST IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. ZOE WORSHIP CONFERENCE Registration is now open for the 2016 worship conference "Stand," to be held this November 4-5 at the Otter Creek Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Expected to speak at plenary sessions and/or to lead breakout sessions, God willing, are Mike Cope, Constance Cherry, Luke Norsworthy, Jack and Jill … [Read more...]