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The Law of Piety? Or the law of love?

Navel Gazing Gone Wild

Oh the things the Word of Faithers will say to make their followers think so highly of themselves. Pastor Fred Price provides this edition’s “fatal error”.

But on this edition of Radical Grace Radio we revisit the “Lukewarm Christian Test” and divide Law and Gospel this way: which is more important? The law of piety? Or the law of love?
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The Law of Piety? Or the law of love?

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Live at Christ Lutheran In Cape Canaveral:Angels and Demons

Angels and Demons

In this live studio audience edition of Radical Grace Radio, we talked about Angels and Demons, and what they do in our lives. And we talked about the Angel of the Lord.
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Live at Christ Lutheran In Cape Canaveral:Angels and Demons

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Radical Grace Radio Road Show


For the first time ever, Radical Grace Radio is hitting the road. This Saturday Night at 6pm Radical Grace Radio is live at Faith Viera Lutheran Church. Pastor Gary Held is preaching at the service at 5pm, and Radical Grace Radio goes live, talking about the problems Christians face in the world of evangelism and unity.

Faith Viera Lutheran Church is located at 5550 Faith Drive, Rockledge, FL 32955, and you can phone the church at(321) 636-5504.


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RGR: The New Atheists: Broken by the church?

On Today’s show we’re continuing the theme of “Broken by the church” by talking about today’s so Called “new atheists”. The profile is simple. Many of them are outcasts from the church at large, and not church body or denomination is exempt from being the culprits here. We’ve done this. We created the situation where all these people have given up on the church and many times on Christ himself.

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The Ex-Christian: Broken by the Church?

A profile of the Ex-Christian

Think carefully. How many times have you heard from someone that they used to be a Christian, but they no longer are? How many times have you heard them say they used to believe in Jesus Christ as their only hope of salvation, but now say they no longer believe that? Or that they wish they could believe it but they just can’t?

This year on Radical Grace Radio, we’re taking on the toughest of cases: Those broken by the church. They no longer believe, and many times they are either very sad about it or angry! Take, for instance, all the atheists out there who used to evangelicals, but now say that the Christian religion is evil!

Stick with us this year as we take on this important topic.
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The Ex-Christian: Broken by the Church?

Why does “Radical Grace” matter?

I recently received one of those innocuous notification from a friend on Youtube stating that said friend had “favorited” a video, one featuring popular evangelical preacher John MacArthur. I had never heard this man preach before, and the friend who favorited the video is a Lutheran, so I figured I’d give it a listen.

Now, before I go any further, let me just say this. I had my guard down for this listen. I have a few people who I let my guard down when they preach. One, of course, is when Pastor Gary Held, my cohort on Radical Grace Radio, is preaching. It’s likely that I’d also let my guard down for a sermon by Greg LeSieur as well… but for this John MacArthur sermon, I had my guard down because it came from the favorites list of a Lutheran.

I’ll never make that mistake again. John MacArthur’s sermon nearly killed my faith. I’m dead serious. His sermon was filled with everything from Lordship salvation to works righteousness. He claims that, yes, Christians sin, but if you have a pattern of sin in your life, you need to “check your foundation” before it’s too late.

Now, I’m not trying to be too thoughtful here. I’m not interested in talking points, or well crafted prose. What I am interested in is expressing how angry I was with this man. I told Pastor Gary the other day “How dare this man try to take the grace and mercy of God away from me!” I was furious! I wanted to have John MacArthur in my studio for a few minutes, just long enough to ask him this: have you sinned today sir? If so, do you think your going to sin tomorrow? How about the next day? Yes to all? Do we see a pattern here yet? Is there now a discernible pattern of sin emerging?

So back to the point of the day. “Why does Radical Grace matter?” It’s simple, yet so difficult for people to grasp: Because we need the Radical Grace of God to match the Radical nature of our sinful condition. We are, as a matter of course, so sinful at any given moment that even if someone were to administer several CCs of curare and render you in a state of coma, the doing of passing out itself would be tainted by sin. The depravity of our existence knows no bounds. That’s literal. No pulling punches.

If people are only marginally sinful, then some form of mild grace from God would be sufficient. But the fact is, our sinful nature is matched only by one possible Godly response and that is the immeasurable grace and mercy of our Lord.

Radical Grace matters because it shoots for the dark recesses of our lives and fills up those lives with Christ. You all remember, I’m sure, of that description of the “God-shaped hole” that was a prominent evangelistic analogy for many years. Radical Grace tells us that there is a “sin shaped hole” in our lives that can only be filled with Christ!

I’ll be doing more posts on this as time goes by. I have to. It’s all I have.

How to fill your spiritual needs

Recognizing God’s blessings

On the way up to the station today, we we’re delayed due to two accidents on I95, involving what looked like ten vehicles. Praise God it looked like no one was seriously hurt in either accident, but it sparked a conversation that we had on the air… About how God blesses us even when things don’t go like we planned, and how our physical and spiritual needs are met.

We were going to have a conversation about online church, but all the show prep went out the window when we were delayed. We’ll have the conversation next week.
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How to fill your spiritual needs

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