Time of joy, good tidings, and doing good

We subconsciously pickup from Santa songs that we get gifts according to how naughty or nice we've been.  If there were such a list, our gifts would be something we earn for doing good things (not totally free without strings attached). Don't we give with the intention that it's a free gift without strings attached …

Advent: Hope and peace for humankind

My parents gave me a maxim to live by that I never forgot: "As being human, be a better human being." Being a good human being is not so easy when anger and resentment gets in the way. The Apostle Paul said in Titus 3:11-12, "For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for …

Jesus’ sermon on the mount

I was recently reading Jesus’ sermon on the mount (Gospel of Matthew, chapters 5-7). This thought crossed my mind once again. Each time I read it, I ask myself: “Can I achieve what Jesus just taught?”  If I answer, “Yes, by the power of the Holy Spirit and grace of God, I can do it”, …

Are we treating the Law like Gospel?

Personally, it took me a while to understand Law and Gospel, but once I got, I got it.  Using some descriptive examples, Law and Gospel can be distinguished like this. The Law: demands everything but gives nothing. The Gospel: demands nothing but gives everything. The Law: shows us what godliness looks like but it cannot …

What’s Law and Gospel

Rich over at "believe, teach and confess" blog has started blogging on how to apply Law and Gospel in real life situations.  Most of us non-traditional evangelical Christians have no idea what this even is.  Knowing how Law & Gospel can work in our lives can make a huge difference.  Check it out.

Law and Gospel keeps me on the straight and narrow

Have you ever wondered why the Christian life can be joyless, ineffective and lacking in meaning?  It might be that Law and Gospel is missing from the pulpit.  When Law passes for Gospel, and Gospel passes for Law, it begins to sound more like "Law or Gospel" rather than "Law and Gospel".  As a result, …

Connection between Law and Gospel

I love this quote of Hermann Sasse (HatTip: Paul of CyberBrethren) Whenever the Law and the Gospel are separated from each other, wherever the connection between the Law and the Gospel is lost, then what Luther said proves itself to be true: Where either the Law or the Gospel is lost, then the other is …

Roman Catholic bishop facing child-pornography charges

Rev. Father Raymond Lahey, a Roman Catholic Bishop from Nova Scotia, Canada, was caught with child pornography on his laptop computer by RCMP officers.  They searched his home and office.  He’s now facing charges.  Child pornography is a big no-no everywhere, not just in the church.  I wonder if Bishop Lahey will still be considered …

Living godly lives through law and gospel

On a pastoral note, I wish to blog about law and gospel. Our biblical and civil laws call us to live holy lives, as separate from the world’s standards of righteousness. The gospel of Jesus tells us that “Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes” …

Romans 7: What good is the law?

Sometimes the law can seem to be a hindrance to achieving our personal desires. Most of the time, the law can actually be a good thing. I have heard some people say that the law is bad but this is not biblical. Evangelicals, pentecostals, and pietistic Lutherans and Reformed are sometimes criticized as preachers of …

“Third use of the law” versus antinomianism

Antinomianism seems to have taken a stronghold in some Christian circles. Antinomianism drives the social-gospel movement and it fears that Christians have become indifferent to ethical issues. It seeks to bring about God's kingdom on earth through social action. It teaches that the love of Christ must constrain the Christian and that we can experience …