Category Archives: Salvation

Every Jekyll has his Hyde

Humans are beings of dignity (made in the image of the good Creator) and beings of depravity (fallen from that image). This explains a lot about the world and about our daily struggles.  Continue reading

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True followers of Christ

Consider how eight blessings (which we call beatitudes) present in a logical, interrelated sequence the character qualities of normal Christianity.  Continue reading

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What does it mean to believe?

Belief is not merely an agreement with facts about God. Rarely is unbelief solely a matter of changing one’s mind about facts. Continue reading

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7 resources for spiritual maturity

Spiritual growth requires looking ahead and looking back. Continue reading

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A closer look at repentance

What does it mean to repent? Is it a change of lifestyle or a deeper change prior to other changes? Has repentance been misunderstood? Continue reading

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A deeper look at the human need for change

Politics, culture and the role of law are agents of change that seem essential to our existence. These means offer limited solutions to some of our problems and offer the potential to promote human flourishing. But we have a deeper need that cannot be addressed through these agents of change.
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Is eternal salvation secure for believers?

I once had an encounter with an Amish man who told me he was shunned by the Amish Church for belief in assurance of salvation. I learned that he opposed the teaching of eternal security of salvation but embraced a … Continue reading

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