Why did Jesus really die? Was it to defeat sin? Was it to appease atonement of godthe wrath of an angry God? Was it so that God wouldn’t have to punish us because He punished Jesus? Was it to ransom us from the devil? Is God a child abuser? All these questions are answered within various theories as to why Jesus died. In this book, Jeremy looks at the four most popular theories: penal substitutionary theory, the moral influence theory, the ransom theory, and the Christus Victor theory.
For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. (Romans 6:14) This is such a freeing verse. Many Christians today believe that they will never get above sin. They believe that they are still sinners who are just saved by grace. But this is not the truth.
I love the story of the adulterous woman found in John chapter 8 of the Bible. It is a magnificent picture of God’s scandalous grace. But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down
I love the fact that God will use any body. I love the fact that He shows kindness to evil and righteous men. He sends the rain upon the just and the unjust. Sometimes, though, we don’t always recognize God’s work in the lives of other people. Sometimes, we don’t want to recognize God’s grace
I had a friend named Jimmy who spent 18 years of his adult life in prison. He did a 13 year stint, got out and was arrested 11 months later. He did another 5 years and was released. The church I pastored at the time had a prison ministry that Jimmy was a part of
Recently the world discovered the identity of the man in the videos that ISIS has been putting out detailing their savagery towards mankind. There is now a bounty on his head for his capture. Many want to see this man dead, and I do totally understand their thoughts. The barbaric actions of ISIS deem the
Rest One of the greatest promises that Jesus gives humanity is found in Matthew 11:28-30: Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart,
True Christianity is not clean, tidy and sanitized. There are many within the church that would like folks to believe it’s that way. They come up with nice, neat answers to life’s complex problems. They have developed cute slogans to help with challenging issues. Everything fits into a nice, neat faith package. But life doesn’t
In A New Apostolic Reformation?: A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement authors R. Douglass Geivett and Holly Pevic bring a very much needed and honest critique of one of the fastest growing movements within the worldwide Church today. Their purpose is not to write with contempt of this movement. Their goals are two-fold: to
For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. (John 1:16) The word grace in the New Testament can also mean gift. Which is fitting considering that grace is a gift. You cannot earn grace; you can only receive it. God is a good and kind Father who is rich with His