Earning Salvation: Part 1

Earning Salvation: Part 1

We are utterly unable to earn our salvation. Hopefully that truth shouldn’t be much of a surprise to us — emphasis on the “shouldn’t be.” However, being that we are broken, sinful, and self-righteous creatures, it should also not come as a surprise that we still try. We want to believe in the promises of…

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Living in Resolution

Living in Resolution

Making a New Year’s Resolution is something many of us do year after year. Unfortunately, just as often, we don’t keep the resolutions. Then when the next December 31 rolls around, we resolve to make the same change we did last year—and will obviously fail again. The point isn’t to make a resolution (or resolutions),…

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Jolly Old Saint Punchy Face

Jolly Old Saint Punchy Face

Saint Nicholas—or Santa Claus as you may better know him—took the Gospel seriously. So seriously that aside from giving presents to poor children (which actually was around December 6…but whatever), Bishop Nicholas was best known for punching a dude in the face. Stick that bit of knowledge in your chimney. It all took place during…

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Tune My Heart to Sing

Tune My Heart to Sing

Not everyone likes to sing. I, however, am not one of those people. I’ll sing in the shower, while I’m getting dressed, and in the car. I even hum tunes to myself when I’m brushing my teeth and taking out the trash. Not that I enjoy the mundane tasks of life all that much that…

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Down With the Sickness

Down With the Sickness

Sin can be found everywhere we look. From Genesis 3, we find our federal head, Adam, committing sin against God and his wife. The sin against his wife? Throwing her under the bus. Sure, Eve ate of the forbidden fruit first, yet Adam was standing right there. He allowed the sin to occur. He didn’t…

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Continuing the Reformation

Continuing the Reformation

Today marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. While some look at the Reformation as a blight upon church history, others regard it as the resurgence of sound doctrine and practice. And Courageous Theology seeks to bridge the gap between right doctrine and right practice. Obviously, we would be remiss not to celebrate. It…

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Identity in Crisis

Identity in Crisis

It is important to know who we are. Our identity, after all, is the very definition of us. The unfortunate reality is that our identity can quickly become an idol. And idols are bad. That should go without saying though—hopefully. Too many of us rely on others to tell us who we are. Far too…

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Not Good Enough

Not Good Enough

No sane person ever thinks they are good enough. The insane ones may think they are, but the rest of society is at least keenly aware of their myriad shortcomings. Because you aren’t, good enough that is. No human being on the planet is good enough. We are all flawed. Broken. Torn. Shattered. Each and…

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Good Ideas Are Hard To Find

Good Ideas Are Hard To Find

Not all ideas are the same. For instance, there are some really great ideas—like landing on the moon or whipped cream. Then, of course, there are some not so great ideas—like ethnic “cleansing” or broccoli ice cream. I really hope the broccoli ice cream is just a figment of my imagination. In the course of…

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Myths and Legends

Myths and Legends

I saw Bigfoot once. Okay, not really. I’m not even sure I can tell you the last time I was in the woods. Maybe a few years ago? I bet I was pretending to be chased by zombies or some such thing. Bigfoot, though, he lives in the woods—supposedly—in the Northwest, or Canada, or some…

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