Jan 11 2011

Reviewers wanted

I am looking for a few good bloggers or old-fashioned print writers to review The Gospel Uncensored—How only grace leads to freedom. If you are such a blogger/writer and would like a free review copy, please e-mail me with your name and address and I’ll send you a copy.  If you know of such a person, please have them e-mail me.

All I ask is that you read it, publish a review somewhere, and if you would, post a review on amazon as well.

Please note that I have a limited number of promotional copies available, so if I run out before I get your request, I will send you a nice apology.

I am also interested in getting the book in the hands of key people—folks like Dobson, or Oprah, or perhaps your pastor.  If you have any connections, let me know, and I may be able to get a free book off to these folks as well.

Also, remember that there is also a free study guide available on TheGospelUncensored.com, or available from the Kindle Store (for 99¢).

and for you non-bloggers…

And for those of you who don’t blog or write (much), if you’ve read the book, please consider going to amazon.com and/or other online sellers and post a short review?  I’d really appreciate it!


Jan 3 2011

The Gospel Uncensored Study Guide now available!

The Gospel Uncensored Study Guide is designed for individual use, or as a 10-week small group study, and it’s available as a free PDF file book, available at TheGospelUncensored.com.

The full-page format is formatted for standard 8.5 x 11 paper. The small format file is formatted as 5.5 x 8.5, which is more easily viewed on smart phones or e-readers. You can either click on the links below to view the files, or right-click on the links and choose “save as” or “save link as” to save the file to your computer.

I am going to try to have real e-book format documents up in the next few days, once I work out a few bugs. For now, you can get the pdf files here:

The Gospel Uncensored Study Guide – small format

The Gospel Uncensored Study Guide – full page format


Nov 15 2010

Ironic repentance vs. the real deal

There are people in every church I’ve been in who need to be set free.

This is not to say that some of these churches didn’t preach grace. But sometimes, it just takes a while for grace to seep in to where change needs to happen. Grace on the surface is one thing; grace in our innermost being is life-changing.

Much of Christianity teaches that we “miss the mark.” This is true, of course. However, much of Christianity forgets to teach that Jesus has hit the mark for us.  So, rather than hearing that we have succeeded in Christ, we only hear that we have failed and that we need to do more, and try harder. Once this concept is fully rooted in someone’s thinking, it may stay with them for years, in spite of their gaining an intellectual understanding of grace.

I suspect that some people first join these graceless, “miss-the-mark” churches because they already know that they don’t hit the mark, so they fit right in. They are given some guidelines that may help them hit the mark, sometimes, and they are promised that someday they will either make the mark in Heaven, or perhaps that the mark will simply be removed. And, being beat up every week for continually missing the mark helps assuage their guilt.

That’s the only reason I can think of to explain why people actually convert to a works-oriented form of Christianity. This parody of Christianity functions something like a 12-step group: The first step is admitting you are a sinner, and realizing that you will always be a sinner. The best you can hope for is God helping you to sin just a little bit less, or perhaps it’s enough just to know you’re surrounded by people who feel as lousy as you do.

This kind of graceless thinking gets into your core, because in your core you’re already feeling like crap. It simply confirms that what you have believed about yourself is really true. Here’s the irony about converting to a legalistic version of Christianity: In some ways, because you aren’t changing how you feel about things in your core, you don’t really have to repent all that much.

To accept salvation by grace takes real repentance. What you need to repent from is the thinking that your performance actually matters, in a spiritual sense. Yes, you’re a sinner, and if you ever think you can keep God’s law, it will condemn you. Now, get over it.

What you need to repent (turn) to is the truth that Jesus performed on our behalf; he kept the law, and more than that, he conquered death (the consequences of sinning). Think of the law as a video game (only with life or death consequences): Jesus has beaten all of the levels. In essence, the game is over. And not only that, the consequences for losing the game has been removed. You are now free to play the game (just make sure you log on under Jesus’ name).

The truth about repentance

Repentance (in a soteriological sense) has never been about changing your behavior; no behavior-mod program can save you. Repentance is about changing your core beliefs. For most of us, repentance is like peeling an onion; it happens layer by layer. With the discovery of each new layer of self-reliance, more repentance needs to take place. The good news is that it’s all by grace, the great onion-peeler.

So be free—because that’s why we’ve been set free.


Jun 4 2010

Sample book excerpt

I’ve posted a small excerpt of The Gospel Uncensored here.

Let me know what you think.