What the Gospel Is (Not)

A few months ago I was in a Sunday School class in which the leader brought up 7 common substitutes for the Gospel, as defined by Paul Tripp. That list has stuck out to me ever since. Have I fallen into any of them? Have you?

As you read my own descriptions of these substitutes, ask yourself – which best describes your version of Christianity?

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“RMS Titanic 3” by F.G.O. Stuart (1843-1923) – http://www.uwants.com/viewthread.php?tid=3817223&extra=page%3D1. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:RMS_Titanic_3.jpg#/media/File:RMS_Titanic_3.jpg

My little brother’s new favorite books are the “Magic Tree House” series by Mary Pope Osborne. The other day I read aloud to him Book #17: Tonight on the Titanic. The two main characters, Jack and Annie, time travel in the magic treehouse to the Titanic, the night of its sinking. The kids pretty quickly figure out where they are, and (unlike as is the case in most of their adventures) – they already know what’s going to happen.

Quickly, they decide to help people get to the lifeboats. As they make their way to the third-class cabins, Annie shouts warnings to the men playing in the card room. But no one seems to care. As they pass through again, this time leading two other children to safety, Annie tells them again that the ship is sinking. Continue reading

A Loving God and Hell? – The Wrong Question

“How could a loving God send anyone to Hell?”

“How can you believe in such a God?”


In my philosophy class, I was told that this is a difficult question to answer, because it is tied up with the “problem of evil.” I personally never had a problem with it, having grown up knowing the truth.

But for some, it is a hard question. Someone in my family was asked a similar question just recently. For an unbeliever asking this question, God must seem unduly cruel.

But here is what I say:

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Where Did It Begin?

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This worn little picture hanging up in my room serves to remind me of how it all began. Read on!


Since this blog is all about sharing what I have learned through my relationship with Jesus, I figured a good place to start would be to tell how it all began! How this relationship came to exist in the first place!

But that is actually a little easier said than done. Because I am not 100% sure myself that I know when it began.

Perhaps the best way to explain myself is to tell my whole story. Continue reading