There’s nothing better than being forgiven – that sense of relief when someone overlooks your hurtful words, or covers the cost of a breakage themselves, or gives you a hug after you’ve been unkind. Forgiveness is like the sun coming out through the clouds after a dark storm. Forgiveness, though, is not just something to be enjoyed. For the Christian, forgiveness is something to be understood, appreciated and expressed. It is a significant biblical doctrine and an essential virtue with real warnings for us if it is absent from our lives. The chances are that this is an area you (and I) can grow in, so read on for more. Continue reading “Forgiveness”
Do you deserve your place on God’s team? Do you belong? We’re used to thinking about whether someone belongs on a team in terms of merit. Whether that’s a sporting team, work team or committee we naturally think and talk in the language of merit: “they earned their place”, “they’re a valued member of the team”, “they bring something special” etc. But does this apply to being part of God’s team? Romans 5:2 answers that question and the implications are brilliant. Continue reading ““This grace in which we now stand””
Given this blog is called ‘Standing in Grace’, I’ve decided to write semi-regular posts on the topic of grace. Here’s the first one that came into my mind, a question really. What are the Hebrew words that are translated as ‘grace’ in our English Bibles? Can that help us understand grace better?
Many Christians believe in the value of prayer but not so much the effectiveness of prayer. We think it’s good to do, and good for us, but that it doesn’t make much of a difference to the future (since “God will do what he wants anyway”). And so we don’t pray.
But is that right? What if we’re getting it wrong? What if the Bible told us that prayer really was effective?
Last month I became aware from various people that Jordan Peterson is an interesting guy and worth reading and listening to. I was intrigued by the title of his book “12 Rules for Life” and had a read. Here’s a few thoughts… Continue reading “What to make of Jordan Peterson”
Have you noticed how often people talk about how “history” will judge a particular person or society in regard to an issue? For example, a Sydney Morning Herald headline asks “How will history judge Kevin Rudd?” Continue reading “Who or what is our judge: history or God?”
The Bible Project is a website that produces beautiful videos about books of the Bible and theological words and themes. There’s a lot to like about their work but I have a few concerns especially about their doctrine of atonement.