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Love via Think/Be/Do Cycles 

In Crown Heart World, discipleship, think~be~do by Russell Minick0 Comments

Jesus says the goal/telos of life is love. Love the LORD in your thinking, being and doing. Love your neighbor as someone who is also created to love in their thinking, being and doing. We pursue the goal via repentance, realignment and renewal. Repentance changes our beliefs; how to think. Realignment changes our identity; who to be. Renewal changes our actions; what to do. This dynamic forms a continuous growth cycle of THINK/BE/DO that begins and ends with Love. God’s love coming into us and then from us is developed through disciplines of study, prayer and practice. …

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Work that Grace!

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“Grace” is one of the most important words in the Christian faith. Do we use it correctly? Some of us learned the word through an acronym: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense Or we learned the word grace in contrast to mercy. Mercy is not getting what you deserve. Grace is getting what you don’t deserve. But often many of us immediately pair grace with an antithesis works. All of these contribute something to understanding Christian grace, but there are challenges. What do we do with grace when we use biblical teaching to talk about biblical responsibilities to do …

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Restoration > Retribution

In Social Issues by Russell Minick0 Comments

Non-redemptive blaming fails everyone. Yes, there are willfully bad people who need justice served. No one could honestly deny that. However, most people (we social media pundits included) are deeply entangled with complex dynamics of suffering injustices while also returning injustices in very unhelpful ways. These cycles can be broken with reality based HOPE. Specifically related to police and communities currently protesting police: Some cops do have dangerous biases and do need to be renewed or removed from the force. Some citizens do have dangerous intentions and actions and need to be renewed …