grace

What it Means to Live and Lead from the Center

Word-plays on “the center” and “centering” have come to my attention often in my new role at the Artios Center for Vibrant Leadership.  Books I’ve read that highlight this concept regularly pop back up on my radar screen. In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey writes “Each of us has a center, […]

The Gospel’s Proper Order

“I’d like to be baptized someday, but I don’t think I’m ready yet. I need more time.” I’ve heard statements along these lines several times. Those who speak them wrongly believe that they must first be good enough before receiving the salvation that Christ offers them. Some have parents imposing this false belief on them. Others […]

Why Holiness

We are besieged in our culture with messages about situational ethics and moral relativism. “If it feels good, do it,” we have been told for decades. And where did that get us? What if God has a different message for His children? Peter emphasizes that God’s plan for us is holiness. Quoting Leviticus, Peter reminds […]

A Call to Obedience

Is it possible to experience a church environment with singing, reading Scripture, preaching, and celebrating every Sabbath, without fully experiencing the lordship of Jesus Christ? “Really?” you say. “How could you not know the Lord Jesus?” Jesus on the sidelines isn’t so far-fetched! Did you know that happened in the first century? The church community […]

I’ve seen Sabbath described as a gift. Does this mean Sabbathkeeping is optional?

In a recent BA and quarterly, I’ve seen Sabbath described as a gift. Does this mean that Sabbathkeeping is optional?   Let’s begin with the first part of the question. Are we justified in calling the Sabbath a gift? New covenant Christians consider not only God’s commandment but also His intent for the Sabbath. Similarly, […]

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Transcendence

We cannot truly belong to Christ if we try to earn our salvation.

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Transformation

Seeing our need for transformation before we respond to the Great Commission.

Statue of John Calvin

Church of God (Seventh Day) & the Calvinist’s TULIP – Part 3

Here we come to the end of our three-part discussion of the Calvinist TULIP. Since Artios Christian College and Lead Up are ministries of the Church of God (Seventh Day), it is worthwhile to examine our denomination’s Statement of Faith. Looking back on the first three letters of TULIP, we see that total depravity was easy to affirm. The […]

An Unusual Congregation

My church is not an ordinary church. If you’ve never been to a prison chapel to hear the inmates testify and sing about God’s amazing grace, you’re missing something. Many volunteers have told me they came to give but left having received. They came thinking they knew a lot about God’s grace but left knowing […]

Painting of John Calvin

Church of God (Seventh Day) & the Calvinist’s TULIP – Part 2

Since Artios Christian College and Lead Up are ministries of the Church of God (Seventh Day), it is worthwhile to examine our denomination’s Statement of Faith. What else can we learn about God, humanity, and grace from TULIP? As we progress on a journey exploring our Statement of Faith, we continue to look at the five letters […]