Edenic Grace

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What if Eden was a place not of perfection per se, but of perfect grace? What if Adam enjoyed bliss, not because of absolute spiritual and physical wholeness, but by virtue of God’s graceful declaration that humanity was “very good”?  We are so used to thinking of sinlessness, righteousness and perfection as static states, but what if they are defined not … Read More

Tchividjian Responds to Rick Phillips

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Many have expressed some concern over Tchvidjian’s writing in recent times. He responds to these concerns, and specifically Rick Phillips, in his latest blog post over at TGC.  However, I think that his statement in one of the comments is particularly helpful: “I’m interested in eradicating the spiritual narcissism that we Evangelicals have adopted and called “sanctification.” It’s unarguable that holiness … Read More

Wright’s Right

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N.T. Wright argues that one of the vital things that’s at stake in his discussion of the biblical meaning of justification is “the key work of the Holy Spirit in enabling the already-justified believers to live with moral energy and will so that they really do ‘please God’ as Paul says again and again (but as Reformed theology is shy … Read More

Healthy Pursuit of Holiness

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Kevin DeYoung states: “Our union with Christ is fixed and secure. We cannot be more or less in union with him. We have been joined to Christ by the Holy Spirit through faith. But our communion with him allows for variance and degrees. Just as you can’t be more or less married, but can have a sweeter or sourer marriage, … Read More