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Did Everybody Love Jesus?

There is a current mindset among woke Christians that winsomeness is the highest virtue. They believe the way to win people to Jesus is to get them to like you and only speak well of you. What this often leads to is not confronting people with their sin, therefore not preaching the gospel of Jesus… Continue reading Did Everybody Love Jesus?

God's Word · Grace · Love · Mercy

The Difference Between Grace and Mercy

Grace and mercy are major themes throughout Scripture. They are both such a blessing to us, but have very different meanings. Often people confuse the two terms because of their similarities. Let’s simplify them here. We are going to oversimplify the terms here, so note that this is not an in-depth study. GRACE: RECEIVING A… Continue reading The Difference Between Grace and Mercy

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Our 6th Anniversary of Maddening Theology

Our Top 10 Most read Articles October marks our 6th anniversary of Maddening Theology, publishing over 300 articles on this site “attempting to make simple the deep things of God.” We actively work to build up believers and teach those who do not know God about Him and His wondrous salvation. Here are the top… Continue reading Our 6th Anniversary of Maddening Theology

Grace · Legalism · Love · Mercy · Pharisees · Salvation

What is Christian Legalism?

There is a lot we could say about legalism and how to define it. Legalism comes in many shapes and sizes and can’t be easily pinpointed. In short, legalism is man-centered, performance-based faith – and is not God-dependent. It says that everything is earned through keeping rules. Or we could define legalism as “adding” to… Continue reading What is Christian Legalism?

Church Life · Communication · Confrontation · Gospel · Love · Truth

Why We Must Speak the Truth in Love

There is a modern cultural disagreement about the idea of speaking the truth in love. On one side we have people who do not believe in truth. (Well, they will say they believe in truth, but that truth is relative. If all truth is relative, there is no truth). On the other side you have… Continue reading Why We Must Speak the Truth in Love

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Being Nice is Not the 11th Commandment

A pervasive idea today is that being nice equals being Christian. It is used as a bludgeoning stick in today’s area of debate to attempt to control people in their thoughts, actions, and words. In some circles, even religious ones, being nice has become the 11th commandment. But if we look to Scripture, is it… Continue reading Being Nice is Not the 11th Commandment

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3 Reasons to be Thankful to God This Thanksgiving

There is no doubt that Thanksgiving is not the only time that Christians have to be thankful. That being said, it is not wrong that we set aside a specific holiday to do such a thing. Here are 3 reasons Christians can give thanks to God this season. GIVE THANKS FOR HIS ENDURING LOVE The… Continue reading 3 Reasons to be Thankful to God This Thanksgiving

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13 Commitments for Christians Talking Politics: An Overview

I have written a four-part series on how Christians should talk about politics. This is really a list of commitments I am trying to make as a Christian during an election season, and I ask that you would make it with me. With so many things covered, I thought it would be good to synthesize… Continue reading 13 Commitments for Christians Talking Politics: An Overview

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Commitments for Christians Talking Politics

I don’t think anyone would argue that politics have become more toxic over the last couple of decades. The divides between parties, the advent of 24-hour news, and social media have fed this beast. While our grandparents refused to talk about sex, politics, and money, it seems like that is all we talk about. Christians… Continue reading Commitments for Christians Talking Politics

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Three Practical Marriage Tips

If we were to take a poll of wedding ceremonies and which passages are most read, chances are I Corinthians 13 would be at the top.  Dozens of couples I have performed a ceremony for over the years, had someone read I Corinthians 13 during nuptials.  Now the context of I Corinthians 13 is not… Continue reading Three Practical Marriage Tips