Love, Not Law, as a Standard for Conduct

Before reading this, I strongly encourage you to read the last post, "Cliff Notes on Galatians," an abridged version of the theological substance of the Galatian Epistle.

Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 by David Gregg | 0 comments | Links to this post
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Cliff Notes on Galatians

What follows is an abbreviated version of Paul's open letter to the Believers in the province of Galatia. It does look rather lengthy, but it is quite shorter than the entire letter. If you want to get the gist of it quickly, this does the job well. It is portions of the actual text from the New Living Translation, without reference numbers or commentary. I would have left out the ellipses, to help keep the thought intact, but I wanted you to see where there is a larger development of the discussion — hopefully, awaking your desire to read more, the whole thing. Galatians is amazing, and my desire is that this briefer snapshot will give you a greater appreciation for what I consider to be one of the most pivotal and succinct pieces of theological discussion in the New Testament.

Light and the Pursuit of Truth

While reading1 "Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood" by George MacDonald, I was struck by his description of seeking the truth as living in the light — the sunlight — in the twenty-fourth chapter, "Failure." MacDonald can always be found embedding nuggets of nonfiction-like discussions in the midst of a good fictional story. It's one of the reasons I enjoy his fiction so much.

What follows is the relevant quote from "Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood," as well as a related quote from a nonfiction essay, "Light," from his "Unspoken Sermons, Third Series."

Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 by David Gregg | 1 comments | Links to this post
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The Crowded Middle: Addendum

A reader, Ron, who commented on "The Crowded Middle" at SimpleChurch.com, brought up an important issue:

I think I know where you're going with this but I'm not sure what a "good man" is seeing as how the Lord has pointed out that there is no "good" in men.
After reviewing the rest of his comments (which were very good, check them out), I decided I had better clarify.

Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009 by David Gregg | 0 comments | Links to this post
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The Crowded Middle

An evil man who does not care for people's judgments of him is the worst kind of evil man. He cannot even contain his lower nature for the selfish benefit of his reputation. If that is true, then it is also true that a good man who does not care for people's judgments of him is the best kind of good man. He will not even placate his lower nature for the benefit of his reputation. Each of these two men is capable of doing anything he can imagine after his own kind: one to evil, one to good. Each of these two men is freed to live like his heart would have him live: one twisted, one right. Each lives in intellectual honesty, because he allows his actions to reflect the real state of his conscience.

Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2009 by David Gregg | 0 comments | Links to this post
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God Doesn't Love You for a Reason

God never loved you for a reason. God loves you.
Wayne Jacobsen
There is great truth in Jacobsen's off-the-cuff words from an episode of The GOD Journey podcast. He speaks about our impulse for merit—our striving to be worth loving. And he is right. There is absolutely no way we can make ourselves either more or less worth loving.

Posted on Monday, March 09, 2009 by David Gregg | 2 comments | Links to this post
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Why I Don't Like Church Names

Some of my friends already know I don't like church "names." They're so odd to me. (Not my friends, the names.) It's like naming your group of friends: "We are 'Awesome'—'Awesome Group of Friends, Springfield'—and we believe that you too can be awesome! Because that's what we're all about! Welcome to Awesome."

Posted on Monday, March 02, 2009 by David Gregg | 1 comments | Links to this post
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Favorite Deviants