Tag Archives: Grace

Cleansing the Conscience — Conscience and Guilt — Part 6

But how can I face the fact that my blameworthiness remains? This question dogs many who confront these ideas. First, it is a necessity that my blameworthiness remain. It is the presupposition of being a recipient of grace. Ephesians 2.7 … Continue reading

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An aside still concerned with grace

A blog (Bestiaria Latina, http://bestlatin.blogspot.com/2010/11/round-up-november-23.html) that I read posed a question: Quid leges sine moribus?, “What good are laws without moral character?” The New Testament’s answer to this is clear. 1 Timothy 1.9-10: “… the law is not meant for … Continue reading

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Blood on the Table—Part 14—Forgiveness

In the last post we defined guilt. Now we turn to forgiveness. We immediately face a problem with this idea since the Bible uses it in different ways. In some passages, it is a release from the necessity of paying … Continue reading

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Grace at the Table with the Body of Christ — Part 3

One common approach to Paul’s instructions in 1 Corinthians 11 is to urge people to examine their lives for sin that might disqualify them from eating the Supper, for “whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord … Continue reading

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Grace at the Lord’s Table — Part 3

The previous two posts have reviewed crucial material for understanding the message of Mark’s gospel. It presents Jesus as LORD, Son of God, who reveals Himself to His own disciples who do not understand Him, or only half do. How … Continue reading

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Grace at the Lord’s Table — Part 2

One other major theme appears in the book of Mark. He presents the disciples as men who really don’t get His identity. The climactic confession from them comes in Mark 8.29 where Peter confesses Jesus as “the Messiah.” As true … Continue reading

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Grace at the King’s Table — Part 3

While thinking more about the Lord’s Supper in Matthew, it occurred to me that I have ignored another major theme for the Supper: the Supper! Matthew ties his account of the Supper, as does Mark, to the feeding of the … Continue reading

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But Why the Supper?

Why should we even talk about the Lord’s Supper? Jesus commanded it, and we observe it. Isn’t that enough? We read one of the passages as we do. Don’t Scripture reading and our obedience satisfy the Lord’s instructions? For much … Continue reading

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Grace at the Table

Two great passions motivate me in my thinking and teaching: the grace of God and the Lord’s Supper. These will be the themes I’ll most often explore in these sessions online. Grace changed my life 25 years ago, and at … Continue reading

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