I Gave Up Gossip for Lent
Dena Dyer shares her experience of giving up gossiping for lent, what it taught her about spiritual disciplines, and how it prepared her to be wowed by the resurrection story again.
Justification and Missionary Preaching in a Post-Christian Age
In this article, Lois Malcolm argues that the doctrine of justification has particular relevance for our time, especially as it enables us to become "missionary preachers."
Justification, the Gift of the Indwelling Spirit
Commenting on Romans 5:1-11, Reginald Fuller contrasts a Reformed view of justification ("external imputation of righteousness") with the Tridentine view (making one just), and mentions a possible resolution in terms of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Justification and the Christian Life
Israel Kamudzandu comments that in Romans 6:12-23 Paul understands justification as a new walk with Christ as the work of grace in which resurrection power propels believers to live worthy lives.
Two Questions about Justification and Spiritual Direction Answered
Brian Mullady answers two questions about Justification by faith alone and spiritual direction and confession.
How the Reformation’s discovery of justification by faith also empowered women
John Thompson writes about how the Reformation’s discovery of justification also empowered women. Protestant women were now regarded as possessing the same dignity as all Christians, equally called to prayer and ministry through their vocations
In this homily on Luke 18:9-14, Robert Barron highlights an important truth revealed by the parable in the text: justification comes to those who focus their gaze and hunger on God - the source of salvation.
The Bridge Illustration: An Idea Whose Time Has Come and Gone?
This article posting points out some of the failing aspects of using the "bridge illustration." David Fitch contends that the bridge illustrations fails because it separates justification and sanctification and makes salvation a transaction deal.
A Participatory Process of Justification
Describing the basis for belonging to a covenant with God, this commentary on Galatians 2:15-21 discusses Paul's argument that we are justified through our participation in the crucifixion of Jesus.
Sanctity of Life, Justification by Faith, and Growth of Christianity
This post is a series of sermon illustrations from news excerpts on athletic philanthropy, the sanctity of life with micropreemies, the disconnected world of social media, justification by faith, and the growth of Christianity.
Silence: Self-Justification Stopper
Given our propensity for endless verbal self-justification, silence is one of the deepest disciplines of the Spirit. One of the fruits of silence is the freedom to let God be our justifier. We don't need to...
Full Text Hymns on Justification
My Hope Is Built on Nothing LessPD
Rock of Ages, Cleft for MePD
To God Be the GloryPD
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Psychologists Say Self-Justification Chokes Love Out Of Relationship
This book quote is from "Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)" where psychologists claim that self-justification is at the root of ruined long term relationships. A preaching angle is that unrepentant sins destroy relationships.
An Unasked Question at Bible Study
James Somerville explores Paul's letter to the Galatians and what it says to us now in his blog post. It is justification by faith that makes us members of God's family. Nothing more, nothing less.
God's Justice, Justification, and Forgiveness for his People
Ben Garren gives his thoughts on Psalm 5:1-8; Luke 7:36-50, 8:1-3; and Galatians 2:15-21 focusing injustice, justification, and forgiveness.
Justification by Faith
This podcast on Galatians 1:13-17 and 2:11-21 finds that the message of grace is sometimes unsettling at first, putting the lie to our own illusion of self-sufficiency. (Length: 13:52)
Book Explores Our Pattern of Self-Justification
Is self-justification more powerful and deceptive than an explicit lie? Psychologist Elliot Aronson and Sociologist Carol Travis help answer the question. Excerpt from "Mistakes Were Made (but not by me)."
Capital Punishment: The Question of Justification
"Even if one is sympathetic to the claim that a murderer deserves to die, there are compelling reasons not to entrust the power to decide who shall die to the persons and procedures that constitute our...
The Measure with which We Measure
Article by Andrew Skotnicki on Retribution. Does retribution - the infliction by the state of punishment on someone found guilty in a judicial hearing for disobeying the law - have any place in a Christian ethic?
This grace in which we stand
This commentary on Romans 5:1-5 emphasizes that the Christian life is lived at peace with God, made possible by justification through faith in Christ. This peace means our soul's "health, happiness and well-being in God."