Do You Look for Loopholes as a Christian?

Written by Steven Barto, B.S. Psych. The standard definition of a loophole is an ambiguity or inadequacy in a system, such as a law or a set of rules, which can be used to circumvent or otherwise avoid the purpose, implied or explicitly stated, of the system. It is basically a small mistake which allows …

In Christ

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. —1 Corinthians 15:22 It is important that we know how God sees us. This can be rather difficult given our tendency to think the worst of ourselves, or to define our lives through the lens of others. One of the …

Justification versus Sanctification

Justification and sanctification are not the same thing. The basic dictionary definition of justification is "the action of showing something to be right or reasonable." The theological definition is "the action of declaring or making righteous in the sight of God." Sanctification is an ongoing process. It comes from the Greek word hagiazo, which means …

Christ Suffered and Died: That We Might Die to Sin and Live to Righteousness

DURING THE WEEK LEADING up to Easter I will present seven distinct reasons why Christ suffered and died, culminating on Easter Sunday with To Reconcile Us to God. Today we look at Christ suffering and dying that we might die to sin and live unto righteousness. He Himself bore our sins in His body on the …

Martin Luther and the Righteousness of God

It was 500 years ago this year when Martin Luther took a stand against the various aspects of corruption and misguided doctrine within the Roman Catholic Church, thus launching the Reformation. On the heels of my class on the History of Christianity at Colorado Christian University, I read an article in Christianity Today, January/February 2017, …

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