Why Do We Struggle With Grace?

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If grace is preached in our biblically-sound churches, then why does it seem like such a hard concept to grasp? Why do we feel like we still need to work towards God's favor? Why do we sometimes feel like He is disappointed in us? 

James Rich talks about the centrality of grace in the Christian life. He points out that it seems Christians struggle somewhat to understand exactly what it is and how it operates. To demonstrate this misunderstanding, he offers a quick quiz: "True or false; we are saved by faith." Sounds insultingly easy, doesn't it? But if you answered... Continue reading


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This Month on Theology on the Go:
On Theology on the Go, Dr. Jonathan Master is joined by Dr. Jonathan Gibson, co-editor of a recent scholarly work on definite atonement, From Heaven He Came and Sought Her: Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective. Listen in as they discuss the important topic of definite atonement on Theology on the Go podcast.

More at Place for Truth:
Contributor, Jeffrey Stivason, remembers a  a well-known figure of the Counter-Reformation. He was Pope Clement VIII's personal theologian and in 1930 he was canonized and consequently named a Doctor of the Church. Protestants often reflect on the Reformation as the time in which the doctrine of justification was once again restored to a Biblical foundation. However, according to Bellarmine, the greatest error of Protestantism was not its doctrine of justification...Continue reading

What does it mean to be 'Reformed'? Different things for different people, to be sure! For Arminian Dispensationalists it is an anathema. For some secular observers, it is the religious equivalent of being to the right of Genghis Khan. But even for those who call themselves 'Reformed' there is quite a spectrum of views. Contributor, Mark Johnston, looks at what Calvin has to say about what it means to be Reformed... Continue reading

Contributor David Garner,, talks about an exclusive group of writings that rises to the level of "must read once a year" for him. One of them is Geerhardus Vos' inaugural lecture to his new post as Professor of biblical Theology at Princeton on May 8, 1894. Today's 121st anniversary of that lecture warrants remembering some of Vos' fruitful insights..." Continue reading

Text links:
Rich: http://www.alliancenet.org/placefortruth/column/theology-on-the-go/if-grace-is-so-amazing-then-why-do-we-struggle-with-it
Gibson: http://www.placefortruth.org/placefortruth/column/theology-on-the-go/theology-on-the-go-definite-atonement
Stivason: http://www.placefortruth.org/placefortruth/column/theology-on-the-go/grace-that-instructs
Johnston:http://www.placefortruth.org/placefortruth/column/resident-aliens/the-heartbeat-of-reformed-christianity
Garner: http://www.placefortruth.org/placefortruth/column/sine-qua-non/vos-121
Posted May 21, 2015 @ 6:55 PM by Robert Brady
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