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Is obedience just legalism? Saving faith is trust in Jesus. No believer will argue with that. John 3:16 says, “Whoever believes in him has eternal life.” Either that statement stands as it is, or we must qualify it in some fashion. But the Bible does not qualify it. Furthermore, the Bible makes an open invitation…

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The questions concerning the Lordship of Christ, and whether surrender of our lifestyle in submission to Christ is necessary in order to be saved, is inexorably tied with how we understand words like “repentance,” “faith,” “works righteousness,” “lawlessness” and a host of other biblical terms. Some readers might wonder if I’m just outlining a fairly…

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When my daughter was waitressing at a gourmet restaurant, she was shocked at how often people complained. Once the food was served and the patrons had a few minutes to sample it, she was taught to ask with a smile, “How is everything?” in hopes that everything was alright. But when some of the regular…

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How important is our growth into holiness? I have noticed over the years that the question of holiness continues to occupy the thoughts of many Christians. Some, arguing for justification by grace alone through faith alone have put the issue of holiness, or sanctification, into the important-but-not-necessary-for-our-faith category. Others insist holiness is necessary, and that…

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So I’ve written another book. But this one is different from the others. Through the years I’ve written about kids and parenting, about golf and guys. I’ve written about integrity and aging parents. About marriage and laughter. I’ve written about everyone I’ve caught hanging around our house, and finally I decided it was time to…

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There has been a crisis in the evangelical world over what is perhaps the single most important issue of Christianity – justification by faith alone. With this crisis has come a lack of clarity over the most central question: “What must I do to be saved?” Indeed, the confusion over what constitutes salvation is profound.…

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