Tag Archives: grace

A people changed by the Grace of God

At Grace Church we’ve begun a series looking at our convictions & aspirations when it comes to church & discipleship. It is about saying what we believe to be true and at the same time what we wish to be true for us (but may not always

When being good is not enough

Just recently I was discussing with a few friends about the reason, according to Christianity, why Jesus died on a cross. We talked, for some time, about the reality, extent and problem of human sin. We talked about goodness and our own sense of morality

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Book Review: God’s Lavish Grace

According to CS Lewis the one unique thing about Christianity is ‘grace’, so perhaps there is nothing more important in living a Christ-like life than getting a really good firm grip on grace. And Terry Virgo’s God’s Lavish Grace is one of the best books

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Bonhoeffer on: Cheap Grace

Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a hero of mine. His words about grace remain relevant still. This is from his famous The Cost of Discipleship. “The price we are having to pay today in the shape of the collapse of the organised church is only the inevitable

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Newday: Wednesday

Today was a quiet day for me, not much to do on the media front and the kids occupied themselves most of the time. I had a good chat with another elder from a church near ours, and caught up with a chap who I

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The Grace of Giving

Good article on giving by Terry Virgo…here’s a great line: “It takes God’s grace to release you to give extravagantly, to liberate you from a natural tendency to cling to money and put your own needs first. Grace has to break through and set you

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Book Review: Free of Charge

Miroslav Volf’s Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace is an excellent book. Forgiveness is such a tough issue to both understand and more importantly to practice. There are so many emotional barriers that we struggle with and as a

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Bonhoeffer on: Grace

This is perhaps the best description of the difference between cheap and costly grace I’ve ever read: “Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace