Author Archives: Andy Stanley

Grace: Getting What We Deserve Least

Grace: Getting What We Deserve Least

Twenty years had passed since the time Judah and his brothers sold Joseph into slavery. He had no way of knowing that Joseph had risen above a series of misfortunes to become the prime minister of Egypt. During Joseph’s rise to political power, he engineered a massive government food campaign to store up grain reserves

The Way of Grace: Inviting to the Unrighteous and Threatening to the Self-righteous

When Jesus began His ministry, He found the nation of Israel divided over the issue of personal righteousness; that is, how a person gains and maintains good standing with God. One camp argued that a person could earn a right standing with God by keeping the law. To do this, however, they had to perfect

Why In the World: To Communicate and Demonstrate

Whether or not you’re a Christian, at some point in your life someone probably made a connection in your mind between God and fear. Maybe a Sunday school teacher told you God was angry at your sin. Maybe you heard someone preaching fire-and-brimstone to apathetic students in the quad at your university. Maybe you were

Killing Arrogance: I Will Not Trust in Riches

Wealth has some pretty powerful side effects. If wealth were an over-the-counter medicine, there would be bold warnings printed on the packaging. Warning: May cause arrogance. While taking this medicine, extra precaution should be taken not to offend people. If taken for prolonged periods, may impair perception, causing hope to migrate. If you saw a

Jesus Said, “Follow Me”

Most people like the comfort of having rules to follow. Rules give us a clear understanding of what is expected. Obey the rules and we feel safe, confident in our actions, and assured of positive outcomes. However, excessive focus on rules can make us arrogant and judgmental. Jesus did not give us a rulebook. Instead

Staying in Love: Love One Another

The word “love” is overused in today’s society. We express love for anything from the perfect shoes to pepperoni pizza. When the object of our affection wears out, then we move on to something new. This kind of love comes and goes. It moves from object to object, concept to new idea. Loving another person

The New Rules For Love Sex & Dating

Meeting the right person, getting married, and living happily ever after in a house with a white picket fence, is a dream that invades the minds of most people. While the white picket fence may have gone by the wayside, meeting the right person and living happily ever after has not. Yet, the idea that

Keeping Church for the Unchurched

As committed as our team is to creating churches for unchurched people, we still have to fight the pull toward becoming a church for church people. Honestly, I don’t understand why every church wouldn’t determine to become a church unchurched people loved to attend. Nothing brings this conviction into sharper focus for me than baptism.

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