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John Crotts. Graciousness: Tempering Truth With Love.  Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, January 15th 2018. 141 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Do you speak the truth graciously with others?  This is a helpful book for Christian on speaking the truth in love.  The author John Crotts is a pastor in Georgia and has written for us a helpful resource for Christian holy living and for biblical counseling.  I also think this book is useful for those who might not be thinking they are in need of counseling; Christian pastors and those involved with ministry would benefit it from it if they read this work and apply it and thus become more effective in how they minister and speak truth to others.

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In today’s world it is acceptable to bash on “Pharisees.”  It can even be cool and hip.

But as readers can tell from my earlier post titled “Are you a Pharisaical anti-Pharisee?” I am concerned for the direction and outcome of those who can be so zealous for attacking others as “Pharisees.”  With the previous post I specifically addressed how some who oppose “Pharisees” (whether real or imagined) can hypocritically and ironically be quite Pharisaical themselves.  In this current post I want to address another issue concerning the direction of those who are zealous in opposing “Pharisees.”

Please note that in the previous and this post I am not defending Pharisees or Phariseeism (what I mean by that is the idea that we can be self-righteous before God by our own works and that we can add more laws more higher than God’s laws).  Instead my intention is to point out possible blind-spots we can have of our own self in opposing Pharisees.  So here goes my second post…

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This is a guest review by Seth.  He is an online friend and his blog can be found at A Poor Wretch.  Check it out.

Several years ago, widespread corruption among the world’s biggest banks emerged out of conspiracy theory into breaking world news, revealing the long hidden secret that what are known as Libor rates had been illegally manipulated for decades. Libor rates significantly affect everything from mortgages to student loans. As banks falsely reported artificially low borrowing rates, these banks were implicated together in the theft of many billions of dollars from millions upon millions of people. The magnitude of corruption was especially historic, not only in an international sense, but spiritually speaking was representative of the volume and degree of mass-coordinated evil that exists in broad daylight, as well as a truly perfect example of mankind’s utter and desperate need of God’s grace to have hope of salvation from the idolatry of money.

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The Grace of God is a rich topic.  Here’s a seven part miniseries on the grace of God as an attribute of God and its theological implications that was originally part of a larger series.

After each title of the session I gave links to the MP3 audio and PDF of the outline.

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