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Category Archive for 'Strings of Grace'

A Testimony of Mercy

Today, in a suburban Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, I gave a testimony about how the men and women of the Houlton Wesleyan Church served my family through their mercy ministry to us in November of 1981, to teach/remind us how mercy ministry is supposed to work. To those who were there for us at […]


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The Furniture of Grace

Before I can even begin to talk about Grace, we need to get something straight.  And this is the uber-critical paradox that people often forget when talking about God and his mercy and his goodness and his forgiveness: Just because grace is ‘free’ does not mean it ‘costs’ us nothing. We often speak of grace as […]

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God is Holy, I am an Ass

There’s been a theme in my life this week that began to climax in response to this morning’s sermon and then a question on Facebook crystallized the theme.  The theme is this:  “I am very often an [insert explicative insult here: e.g., jerk, ass, etc. ].”  I like to think I try very hard not […]

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