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March 29, 2016 @ 4:18 pm

Salvation from Sin: Seven Startling (Well Maybe) Takeaways

The last several episodes of FatherBound were a sharing of George MacDonald’s Salvation from Sin. I find myself indebted to MacDonald for his insight into God’s character, a witness to the soaring of his unfathomable love that billows to the heights of our imaginations through this wonderful sermon. Of special note are the following:

  1. The first place we must begin in an effort to rid the human race of evil is ourselves. 
  2. Our sinful deeds are but the dead husks of the live sins in our heart.
  3. Jesus came, not to save us from the punishment of our sin, but from sin itself, its presence in us. 
  4. We must agree with God as to our sin and begin to send it away through a choice of our will.
  5. Hell itself is an extension of God’s love and has a redemptive purpose.
  6. When our sin has departed, so shall the punishment.
  7. Salvation lies in faith in the living Christ.

As we touch on each of the above points in turn we will find ample opportunity to think boldly as we encounter ideas that may run counter to those we have held. Mining for precious stones is hard work, the earth clings tightly to her treasures. Let us not shirk the challenge involved in diligent thinking when the ideas presented are unfamiliar. It will be worth the effort!

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March 23, 2016 @ 9:54 am

The Rescue - Part 5 of George MacDonald’s “Salvation from Sin”

Part 5 (the final segment) of George MacDonald's Salvation from Sin... 

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March 22, 2016 @ 10:31 am

The Rescue - Part 4 of George MacDonald’s “Salvation from Sin”

Part 4 of George MacDonald's Salvation from Sin... 

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March 17, 2016 @ 3:18 pm

The Rescue - Part 3 of George MacDonald’s “Salvation from Sin”

Part 3 of George MacDonald's Salvation from Sin... 

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March 16, 2016 @ 5:13 pm

The Rescue - Part 2 of George MacDonald’s “Salvation from Sin”

Today's episode is a continuation of George MacDonald's Salvation from Sin... 

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March 15, 2016 @ 4:38 pm

The Rescue

One of the things that seems to enjoy widespread acceptance among Christians is the idea that Jesus came to save people from sin, from the wrongness that is so much a part of the human race. What is not always agreed on is some of the key details in such a grand undertaking. 

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March 10, 2016 @ 2:45 pm

On the Need for Bold Thinking - Part 2

In the previous episode, I read the first half of the Introduction to Michael Phillips’ thought provoking book, Bold Thinking Christianity. Today’s episode is the second half of that Introduction in which Michael shares a clear distinction between his effort and that of C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity. 

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March 8, 2016 @ 6:02 am

On the Need for Bold Thinking

As I made clear in my introductory episode to FatherBound, thinking is the hard work vital to both individuals and society as a whole—especially when it comes to God. I want to expand on this by taking a detour for the next episode or two. A detour that I hope will explain what I mean and elevate the importance of each of us taking on the hard work of really thinking through things. 

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March 5, 2016 @ 8:44 am

Jesus - A Closer Look

In the last episode I spoke of Jesus being God’s Son, coming into human history because it was what his Father wanted and for the purpose of showing us what his Father was truly like: to reveal to us God’s identity in the most vivid manner. I also acknowledged that Jesus’ mission had great breadth of detail. For in revealing his Father’s heart to us we catch breathtaking glimpses of what God had in mind when he created humanity in his own image. But before we go on with our exploration of the scope of Jesus’ mission perhaps we ought to pause a moment and reflect on some of the words Jesus used to describe himself. 

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March 1, 2016 @ 6:02 am

Jesus: Who Is He and Why Did He Come?

Just as important as it is to think through what makes up the good news of the gospel is the need to arrive at an answer as to who Jesus is and why he came. The question calls for thinking beyond any cliches we may have either heard or adopted without adequate evaluation. We need to get a firm handle on both what the good news is and the identity and motivation of the One proclaiming and embodying it to gain the needed appreciation for the expansive nature of God's Fatherhood. 

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