Category Archives: Cliches

Meet the citizens of heaven

It might surprise some to meet the true citizens of heaven. Many religious leaders “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus said of them,  “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. ….You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are” (Matthew 23:14-15). Jesus said to these religious leaders, “religious leaders “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus said,  “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. …Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you” (Matthew 21:31). Continue reading

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Does God accept you as you are?

Religious clichés are common.  “God helps those who help themselves.” “Cleanliness is next to godliness.” “Money is the root of all evil.” Many assume these sayings are from the Bible, but they’re not. Other religious clichés are used to excuse wrong behavior.  “Christians … Continue reading

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A truncated view of sin?

After many years of studying Scripture, I developed a growing concern over the possibility that the reformed tradition has articulated its doctrine of depravity from the wrong starting point. Continue reading

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A vocabulary of Grace

Our lives are profoundly affected by our vocabulary of security and identity. Whether we realize it or not, we build our lives and our relationships on a set of terms that define the way we see ourselves. These terms also … Continue reading

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