Category Archives: Grace, Justification & Theosis

Gospel, Mortal Sin, and the Search for Assurance

The problem with mortal sin is that it’s so damned mortal. It scares me—as it rightly should. Mortal sin is nothing less than a state of spiritual death and impenitence. I know that the reason I was initially drawn to … Continue reading

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Cheap Grace, Costly Grace, and the Justification of the Ungodly

When preachers become troubled by the presence of so many nominal believers in their congregations, they typically begin to stridently declare Bonhoeffer’s distinction between cheap and costly grace: “Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without … Continue reading

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We’re all bastards but God loves us anyway

Though it has been many years since I last opened its cover, Brother to a Dragonfly remains one of my favorite books. I think I read it in seminary or shortly thereafter. I’m not sure who recommended it to me, … Continue reading

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Justification as Adoption into the Trinitarian Life of God

It is time to move beyond the old and new perspectives. I find myself nodding in hearty agreement to Dr Tilling’s arguments and commend it for your consideration. But as I was listening to the lecture I kept experiencing a … Continue reading

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Christos Yannaras: Asceticism as Repentance, Repentance as Failure

“For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matt 16:25)—here is the heart of Orthodox Christian ethics, Christos Yannaras passionately avers. This may come as a surprise to … Continue reading

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Transcending Moralism and the Freedom of the Spirit

This has been an interesting past couple of days.  My post “Grace, Moralism and Unmoral Christianity” generated more “views” than any of my postings for the past few months, no doubt due in large measure to Fr Stephen Freeman’s recommendation … Continue reading

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Grace, Moralism and Unmoral Christianity

In his recent blog article “The Un-moral Christian,” Fr Stephen Freeman criticizes the tendency to reduce the Christian life to obedience to moral rules. “The nature of the Christian life,” he declares, “is not rightly described as the adherence to … Continue reading

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