Work that Grace!

Russell Minick think~be~do 0 Comments

“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 …

Self-Discipline vs. STORY

Russell Minick Biblical Story, from others 1 Comment

The photo is from Bangkok at the Muay Thai World Championship in honor of the King of Thailand. Thai Nguyen and I became friends up in Chiang Mai. I saw him battle through some grueling and excruciating fights. The man knows about discipline and willpower. But in this article Thai explores the power of Story: Forget Self-Discipline and Willpower, Focus on This Instead Everyone wants to maximize their productivity and achieve their goals. Each day becomes a white-knuckle grind, and the struggle for self-discipline and willpower is exhausting. But there is …

Jesus is Right

Russell Minick personal, think~be~do 2 Comments

This is what I mean when I say “Jesus is right”: Which is a greater risk: 1. telling my kids that idealism is awesome while living pragmatism and consumerism or 2. risking loss while trying to embody everything that makes life valuable? Like the man who found a treasure in a field,  my wife Karla and I did not go into difficult situations in the US and overseas reluctantly. We saw the value of the treasure, we liquidated our assets, partnered with friends eager to join in the sacrifice through their support, and we went …