Tag: grace


It’s Easy to be “Good” in Suburbia


Sometimes I have a hard time understanding the extent of my sinfulness and, correspondingly, my need for Grace. I'm a pretty good guy. I've mostly obeyed the 10 commandments; I often give money to people who need it, and I go to church every week. When I sit in the...

Do You Pray Naturally?


Prayer is Supernatural The last book Bonhoeffer published in his lifetime was “The Prayerbook of the Bible.”  He writes this book while in prison for his participation in a plot to kill Hitler, and the subject of the book is the Psalms.  Remember, the Psalms of the Old Testament are...

Your Money or Grace: You can’t have Both


Over two million people “liked” this picture on Facebook. Shockingly, the person that “shared” it was a Christian. I felt a rant coming on. “Taxed to the ‘breaking point’? Come on!” I desperately wanted to point out that the United States has one of the lowest tax rates in the...

Application or Implication


When I was a kid, my Sunday School teachers were always asking us, "What's the moral of the story?"  I'm wondering if this reductive reading of the Bible is embedded in the idea of the “Application”: the part at the end of the sermon where the pastor explains how the...

Those moments of bliss…


This feeling of bliss fell upon me.  I was in the medieval part of Renne, France.  It was in the afternoon and I was sitting in an outdoor cafe on an ancient street drinking something called Piçon biere.  It’s hard to describe, but I’d call it a moment of bliss. ...

Christian Tipping


Overheard one morning in a New York Subway near Broadway:  “I only made eleven dollars last night because it was a gospel show and the people only wanted the complimentary ice tea and they wanted it now!” This young man experienced what so many in the service industry already know—when...