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The “Little Apocalypse” of Advent

I still recall the first time my parents let me go to summer camp with my best friend. Neither I nor my parents understood what this particular summer camp was really all about. All we saw in the brochure was horseback riding and a big swimming pool, so I was very excited, until the first […]

When Hope Turns to Ashes: The Weakness of John the Baptist

This post comes to us from Nathan Carr: When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” (Mt 11:2-3) Here sits a man whose life has been spent in the […]

Circles of Grace and the One-Way Love of God

In anticipation of the publication of John Barclay’s book, Paul and the Power of Grace, Part Six of our “Defining Grace” series concludes with my own post on grace and circularity.  In his classic children’s book, The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein tells the story of a young boy who is befriended by a tree. The tree simply […]

Naomi’s Baby Boy

In the last year I’ve gone back to the book of Ruth many times. Like many of us, I’ve experienced what feels like a myriad of losses this year that has put a bitter taste in my mouth towards life and God. I keep coming back to this book because of the richness of the […]

Superabundant Grace in a Time of Scarcity

In anticipation of the publication of John Barclay’s book, Paul and the Power of Grace, Part Four of our “Defining Grace” series continues with this essay from Madison Pierce, Assistant Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She is the author of the book, Divine Discourse in the Epistle to the Hebrews, and co-edited […]

The Right to be Wrong This Election Season

This post comes to us from Jason Micheli: Teacher, is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Two hundred years before they posed this question to Jesus, Israel suffered under a different empire, a Greek one. And during that time, there was a guerrilla leader named Judas Maccabeus. He was known as the […]

The Saving, Triune God at the River Jordan

This post comes to us from Kenneth Tanner: Forget about explanations and analogies for the Trinity (at least for a moment). Better to walk hand-in-hand with Jesus’ disciples down a dusty path to the Jordan. There, among the tall reeds on the bank stands Jesus, who has just walked there from Nazareth, his feet tired, […]

Before and After the Sun: God’s Eternal Light

I don’t know how many times I have read the creation story in Genesis 1, but this time what stood out to me was how God created “light” on the first day, and then created “lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night” (that is, the sun, moon, and […]

Why the Justice of God is Good News

Ahead of the publication of John Barclay’s book, Paul and the Power of Grace, Part Three of our “Defining Grace” series continues with this essay from Wesley Hill, Associate Professor of New Testament at Trinity School for Ministry. He is the author of several books: The Lord’s Prayer, Paul and the Trinity, Spiritual Friendship, and Washed and […]

The God Who Gives First

Ahead of the publication of John Barclay’s book, Paul and the Power of Grace, Part Two of our “Defining Grace” series continues with this essay from Orrey McFarland. Orrey is the Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Thornville, Ohio. He also serves as a Visiting Professor of New Testament and Historical Theology at Knox Theological […]

I Love You Dead: The Good News of Incongruous Grace

In anticipation of the publication of John Barclay’s book, Paul and the Power of Grace, Part One of our “Defining Grace” series begins with this essay from Jonathan Linebaugh, Lecturer in New Testament at Cambridge University and a fellow of Jesus College. He is the author of the book, God, Grace, and Righteousness in Wisdom […]

What is Grace? Defining the One Word Everyone Needs to Know

If you’re not a Christian, “grace” isn’t one of those words you come across every day. It’s not in advertisements, street signs, on the news, and it’s certainly not on Twitter. It’s a pretty churchy word, really. The typical 5-year-old knows over 2,000 words, but “grace” probably isn’t one of them. Adults will know the […]