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No More Shame

Because of Christ, your greatest shame has become untrue.
by Ray David Glenn Discuss

Watch as Ray David unpacks Romans 1:8-15 and points us to the abounding grace of the Gospel.


A Powerful Unspoken Force

Think about the role shame plays in our lives. Every day we put on clothes, shower, shave, put on makeup and fancy clothes so that we can be with others and hide our shame. We all have things in our life that we have done, or things that have been done to us, that we are ashamed of. For some of us it is something more insidious like our family of origin, but we all have this latent sense ... more


New Beginnings

When your plans fail, remember God has a bigger plan in mind.
by Ray David Glenn Discuss

Watch as Ray David unpacks Romans 1:1-7 and points us to the abounding grace of the Gospel.


New Beginnings

New beginnings can be really exciting. They hold all kinds of potential and promise, because you don’t know what’s in store. New beginnings can also be troubling because the outcome is uncertain. You don’t know what the future holds. 

In some ways of the context of Romans is all about new beginnings. The Apostle Paul had a very clear, distinct moment of new beginning. One day the risen Christ appeared to him face to face and Paul was given a new ... more


Sons of God

Christian men and women, you are firstborn-heir sons of God.
by Ray David Glenn Discuss

Watch as Ray David unpacks Galatians 3:22-4:7 and shows us how the Gospel + Nothing = Freedom in Christ.


Drifting

The very thing that makes the church in Galatia foolish is the same thing that makes us foolish – we are quick to forget the Gospel. We all too often drift from the Gospel, and begin to think that it is all about our works. We begin to try to earn God’s favor by working to be ‘good enough’. 

Christian Growth

One of our fundamental problems is that we passively view the Gospel as though it is just the beginning ... more


A Complete Gospel

The Gospel is personal, complete, and brings deep unity.
by Ray David Glenn Discuss

Watch as Ray David unpacks Galatians 2:1-10 and shows us how the Gospel + Nothing = Freedom in Christ.


The Stakes

As Paul describes going back to Jerusalem in Galatians 2, nothing less than Christian freedom and liberty is at stake. And in each of our lives, moment by moment, the Gospel itself is at stake, because we all have a tendency of wanting to add to the Gospel. 

But ultimately, the Gospel is never truly at stake, because it is under the sovereign care of God; the good news of Jesus Christ will continue on whether we believe it ... more


The Joy of the Gospel

Returning to the joy of our salvation.
by Ray David Glenn

Over a decade ago I was walking with Paul Barnett, the retired bishop of Sydney, Australia.  We were about to part ways, I to the subway and he to his hotel, when he paused and out of nowhere said to me, “Always remember this.  Apart from the gospel you are an under qualified social worker.” It was one of those moments that sticks with me to this day. 

The gospel is all we have. It is all we need.

What is the Gospel?

What is the gospel? While the gospel is a multi-faceted truth that can be seen from different ... more


There Is Only One King

What should our response be to the American election?
by Ray David Glenn

My Facebook feed is inundated with reactions to last night’s election results in the United States.  The reactions loosely fall into three categories; happy, angry, fearful.  What should be our response as Canadian Christian observers? The good news of Jesus invites us to look more closely at what we think about God, ourselves and this world.  How we respond to election results is shaped by who Jesus is and how He is at work in this world He loves. Christians can resolve to honour, pray and be content.

Honour

Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether

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Screwtape’s Safest Road to Hell

Are you spiralling gently toward the Lord, or are you on the safest road to hell?
by Ray David Glenn

We have reached a turning point in our sermon series through the Old Testament book of the Judges. It is a moment worth pausing to reflect.

There has been what seems like a pattern.  Israel forgets the Lord their God, serves the gods of their surrounding culture, God mercifully puts them under oppressive rule and servitude (loving them too much to leave them comfortable in idolatry), Israel cries out to the Lord, He sends a judge to deliver them and there is ‘rest in the land’ for as long as the judge lives.  The judge dies and the cycle starts ... more


The Splendor of Holiness

by Ray David Glenn

Any blog post on worship music immediately finds itself either fighting in the line of contentious fire or drowning in the sea of banality.  My goal is not to write anything profound or contentious.  I only hope to share a few thoughts.

What makes a good worship song?

Worship songs, be they 100 year-old hymns or modern choruses, are either objective or subjective.  I mean that they either objectively describe divine attributes and majesty, or they subjectively describe our human response.  Good worship songs will always contain both.  When God’s people gather they do best to sing the attributes, character, ... more


Why I am not going to Nairobi

by Ray David Glenn

Why am I not going to Nairobi?

Yes, that’s right.  I am not going.

In a word: Matthew.

About two weeks ago Matthew began to express deep concern about my trip to Nairobi.  He had heard of the terrorist attacks on the Westgate Mall and came to me with tears in his eyes saying, “Daddy, please don’t go.  I can’t lose you, too.”  He was anxious and worried sick.

We talked and prayed. What was I to do?

Matthew then gathered himself together, wiped away the tears and looked straight into my eyes.  He said, “Daddy.  You take a few ... more


Thanksgiving Letter

by Ray David Glenn

Some of my earliest memories are from church, singing songs and choruses. One of those choruses comes to mind as I write this Thanksgiving letter. It may seem twee, but wisdom often hides in simplicity.

Count your blessings, name them one-by-one.
Count your blessings see what God has done.
Count your blessings, name them one-by-one.
Count your many blessings, see what God has done. 

You probably couldn’t resist the urge to sing it, if you know the song. And now it will be on repeat in your head for the rest of the day. You can begin with thanksgiving that ... more


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