Full of Grace and Truth: 'Monday Morning Musings - April 5, 2021'

The English rendering “full of grace and truth” is a transliteration of a familiar pairing of words found in the Jewish scriptures (The Old Testament). Sometimes, centuries of “Christianization” “Protestantization” or “Lutheranization” of the term “grace” can cloud, or even lose what John was trying to capture and communicate.

 

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Treasures from John’s Gospel: 'Monday Morning Musing - March 22, 2021'

This is the first in a seven- part series sharing different “nuggets” from the Prologue to John’s Gospel and the entire Gospel. In this first installment some basic introduction is covered and a quick look at the relational nature of the phrase: and the Word was WITH God as meaning “into the Father’s bosom.”

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The Robust Love of God – Part 2: 'Monday Morning Musings - March 1, 2021'

Some times John is called the “Apostle of Love”. If the Gospel of John and the Johannine epistles are read without any of our cultural filters, it seems our idea of “love” and John’s are not the same!  What was going on in John’s community that would make him say some of the severe things that he said? Let’s read the epistles without a filter of romanticism and idealism.

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Gentleness – Jesus Style: 'Monday Morning Musing - February 1, 2021'

Like humility and meekness, biblical gentleness is not a human personality trait. It is a spiritual awareness of our one-ness with each other in weakness. It is a quality that understands and lives from a relational awareness of mitigating circumstances. It does not demand its just due from stark legal, quid-pro-quo dynamics. Gentleness is like mercy. It is a tempering quality to the severity that is always inherent in naked justice.

 

 

Copyright 2021. Dr. Stephen R. Crosby. www.stevecrosby.org. For video and audio resources, sign up as a student here. You will find a mix of both free resources and those with cost. This ministry is sustained by the freewill offerings of those believe in the message of a radical grace in a new covenant understanding. If this blog article has been a blessing to you, would you prayerfully consider making a contribution through our Paypal button to help? Stephanos Ministries is NOT a 501-c-3 corporation Click here to understand why. Thank you and God bless you.

 

 

Humility, Meekness, and Gentleness – Introduction: 'Monday Morning Musings - December 28, 2020'

We all bring filters to the Scriptures when we read them. Our cultural values and ethics always intrude into and conform the text to what makes us comfortable. This is especially the case when it comes to what many believers think constitute the virtues of humility, meekness and gentleness. They are not just pleasant human personality traits. This episode introduces the topic that will follow on for the next five weeks.

 

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Relational Rhetoric – Moving from Talk to Action: 'Monday Morning Musings - November 30, 2020'

Believing that there are such things as tight rope walkers is one matter. Getting in a wheel barrow and letting one push you across the high-wire is another. The first is an opinion. The second is experiential reality. It is much the same in the Body of Christ when the topic of “relationships” or “relational Christianity” comes up. Lots of folks talk a big game, but not many actually get in the wheel barrow.

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Truthing It!: 'Monday Morning Musing October 12, 2020'

Truth is biblically defined as fidelity in relationships, not accuracy of our doctrine derived from the Bible. The Great Commandment is fundamentally relational. Jesus called himself the “Truth” because he had maintained relational fidelity toward and with God AND humanity. People who are informed about the Bible, but who exist in relational dysfunctionality, misrepresent Christ and His Gospel.

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Bros in a Basement Podcast – Bryon Wiebold and Steve Crosby

If you have not found us yet, my good friend Bryon Wiebold and I have been doing a podcast since February of this year called: Brothers in a Basement, also known as Bros in a Basement. We are approaching 9,000 listens downloads. Responses have been phenomenal. We enjoy doing it together. We currently have over 50 episodes there on a variety of topics. Give it a listen

https://www.spreaker.com/show/bros-in-a-basement

The Church Refugee Sanity Guide – Part Nine – Evangelism: 'Taking the Dread Out of Evangelism'

Taking the terror out of evangelism. Church Refugee Sanity Guide Part Nine

Church Refugee Sanity Guide – Part Nine – Evangelism

In this installment of the Church Refugee Sanity Guide, I take a fresh look at the topic of evangelism and discipleship apart from traditional theology, mindsets, and methods.

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