Category Archives: Grace

The Humility Bubble Lesson

This is one of the earliest posts on the blog — so early that I posted it as a .pdf because I didn’t know how to post HTML text. It responds to some of the comments recently made, and so … Continue reading

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Reruns: The Prostitute, the Pharisee, and the Prophet

The Prostitute, the Pharisee, and the Prophet Posted on April 28, 2007 It looked like another night of degradation, of providing sexual favors to men who’d preach her into hell the following Shabbat — men who enjoyed her presence at night … Continue reading

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A Question on Fellowship: A Stab at an Answer

So how should someone decide on which congregation to join? What’s most important? It’s a tough question — and I’ll admit to struggling a bit with how to articulate my own thoughts. But I’ve found the comments in the earlier … Continue reading

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Faith That Works/Available Light: An Interpretation of Romans II, Part 4

He will render to each one according to his works (Rom 2:6-8 ESV) 6 He will render to each one according to his works:  7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he … Continue reading

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Faith That Works/Available Light: An Interpretation of Romans II, Part 3

Romans 2, from the start We just demonstrated that if we approach Rom 2:14 starting with Rom 2:29, we find that Paul is not speaking of Gentiles who’ve never heard the gospel. Rather, he’s speaking of saved Gentiles whose hearts have … Continue reading

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Faith That Works/Available Light: An Interpretation of Romans II, Part 2

But if you call yourself a Jew … (Rom 2:17-24 ESV)  17 But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God  18 and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you … Continue reading

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Faith That Works/Available Light: An Interpretation of Romans II, Part 1.5

In the comments to Part 1 of this series, Keith Brenton has mentioned some additional passages that arguably support the “available light” theory — (John 3:18 ESV) 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe … Continue reading

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Faith That Works/Available Light: An Interpretation of Romans II, Part 1

I’ve written quite a bit on the “available light” theory over the years. But reader and regular commenter Price has suggested I need to do a better job of explaining how Romans 2 fits into my understanding. I think he’s … Continue reading

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Faith that Works: Peter and James

Jeopardy and Assurance Now, of course, human nature and our relationship with God is bit more complex than contra-positives and logic. After all, even if I have the Spirit within me, I have a choice. I can follow his lead … Continue reading

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Faith that Works: Judgment According to Works

Other Approaches to Works Long before we get to James, we really have to see what else Paul says about being judged by our works. This will get confusing before it gets (I hope) clear. Wright writes, Paul, in company … Continue reading

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