Grace Is Not Dead

I wrote the following article for the relaunch of the website Christ Hold Fast, which went live on Monday. You’ll find scores of great articles here, along with podcasts, music, and more. Please take a few moments to check it out. My family and I are enjoying a relaxing vacation in the woods of Tennessee this week, so I won’t be reposting on the Flying Scroll until next week. Thank you all for your ongoing encouragement and prayers. May God bless all of you in Christ!

Grace Is Not Dead

Grace is uncivilized, vulgar, rebellious. We make rules for it and it breaks them. Grace is a constant embarrassment to the prim and proper religiosity of the squeaky clean.

It doesn’t tiptoe around puddles in its shiny new shoes but slogs ankle deep through the stinking muck of the pigpen to raise up the poor souls who’ve tripped over temptation and face-planted themselves in the rotting mud.

It doesn’t hire P.I.’s to sniff out the backstories of potential recipients to ensure there’s no improprieties that might disqualify them from full acceptance, but tramps through alleys and divorce courts and rehabs and prisons to press into unworthy hands an invitation to live for free under God’s roof.

Grace doesn’t sit cross-armed behind its desk and tsk-tsk you from across the room when you blush to confess your darkest secrets, but wraps its arms around your quaking body and lets your tears and snot drench its shoulder as it whispers, “I love you. I forgive you. You are mine.”

Grace is lacking in taste and propriety. The same loving lips that kiss away the tears of a repentant whore will turn right around and kiss the lips of a humble queen. The same hands that scrub the vomit out off the clothes of a drunk will shake hands with the teetotaler. It’s never learned the difference between a shack and a mansion. Grace doesn’t know why the color of skin makes one sinner more or less in need of forgiveness than any other. Read the full article by clicking here

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3 thoughts on “Grace Is Not Dead

  1. Chuck Pettyjohn on said:

    Chad: Hope your time in the woods of Tennessee is just the right break from your duties in this part of the ‘kingdom of the left’…
    Should your schedule allow, your small, but passionate band of readers in Maryville invite you to share Gods Grace with us at Praise Lutheran Church. Every time one of your articles becomes available, the word is quickly and eagerly spread!
    May our God of Grace protect you and your family in your travels.
    Chuck

    • Thank you so much for the invitation! We’ve had a nice, relaxing vacation. Love Tennessee. Unfortunately we won’t be able to join you on Sunday; we’re heading back to TX in the morning. God’s richest blessings to you and yours!

  2. I feel sad that too often a cheap grace is preached and received. Thank you for preaching a Grace of great value and worth. One that touches us each.

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