Evangelism – Which Comes First? Law, Gospel, or Neither?

“The Law must precede the gospel.  The Law must come first and kill the person so that the gospel can make him alive.  The Law must convict the person of his sins so he will want salvation.  It is simple.  You preach the Law first, then the gospel.  You must make people thirsty for the […]

14 Aspects of Jesus' Mission… and yours.

To become fixated on one aspect of mission, might be healthy in a robust community where each one plays his or her part. But, it is more likely that each individual should be flexible enough in the Spirit to know when, where, and how to operate in conjunction with God’s mission in the moment. Jesus’ […]

But… Isn't The Law Written On Stoney Hearts?

“In that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them.” ~ Romans 2:15 Yes, I think most of us would agree that the Law, or the “works of the Law,” are written on human hearts.  But here’s the thing… […]

Is There Anything Besides 'The Works of the Law' Written on People's Hearts?

Is there a code of moral conscience ‘written’ on all people’s hearts?  Does every human being come imprinted with a facsimile of God’s nature that includes creativity, spirit, the ability to relate and communicate, intelligence, morality, and love? Since each human is “created” in God’s image, isn’t there a common frame of reference for dialogue […]

Am I Imposing My Giftings, Emphasis, Context, and Mission On You?

A friend recently asked me if it was possible that I was imposing my emphasis in God’s mission on others. It’s a hard-hitting question that, I admit, has caused me to think. Am I suffering from “My” myopia? Am I, in a sense, one of those who is placing heavy and unnecessary burdens on people? […]

Was the Curse of The Tower of Babel Ever Reversed?

“God’s judgment of the Tower of Babel was one of the greatest catastrophes in the history of the world. In one moment, a massive, highly complex building project, involving the entire human race, came to an end. Thousands of workers suddenly found themselves incapable of communicating with anyone outside their extended family group. Overwhelmed by […]

Is There More to Jesus' Commands than Commandments? What About The Gospel?

Jesus was an evangelist.  He brought a message from the Father.  He informed the people beforehand that he would do so. Behold, I send My messenger [John the Baptist], and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the Covenant, […]

Is The Law Written On Our Hearts or Not?

Paul says in Romans 7:7 that “I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” ESV It seemingly contradicts what he said earlier in Romans 2:15 “They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for […]

You Cry "Legalism!" Because You Don't Want to Obey

There most certainly exists a sliding scale of obedience within Christendom.  The lines between what actions are right, wrong, and nuetral are blurred, and in some cases obliterated.   Inevitably, when pushing the boundaries of Christian Liberty, there will be those in the church that accuse other “not so free” Christians of being legalistic.  Unfortunately, […]

The Anti-Scripture Scriptures – Part IV

In this series of posts I’m addressing scripture verses which are commonly used against the Bible to say it isn’t the “Word of God.”  And yes, I capitalized my “W.” In the first part of this series I covered John 5:39, 40 when Jesus he said, – “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think […]