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(If you are coming to this feature on for the first time, it might be helpful to start with the first posts in the study of Galatians. Links are found at the bottom to all other articles in this series.)

Galatians 1:1-10 (Click here to read the passage)

Paul begins his letter in an unusual way. He does not have the standard greeting, but rather launches into a defense of his apostleship. Paul mentions that the source of his apostleship is God himself, not man or man-made institutions (Acts 8). This sets the tone for this contentious letter.

Paul does not waste any time.

In verse 6 he tells them how stunned he is about their turning to a different gospel. This is literally only a matter of months since he founded the churches. Now they going astray by believing the circumcision party (Judaizers).

Grace is not a Girly Message

November 7, 2011

As I was preparing to launch my blog on grace, I was searching online for other grace based blogs. I found a few and noticed a common theme. Most of the blogs authors were women. Most of the comments on these blogs were also from women.

It reminded me of the times I have spoken on grace. I’ve had men comment on my message by saying, “that message is more applicable for women than men.”

I have nothing against women bloggers. I fully believe that women can teach me a lot in the area of grace. They put up with men after all!

Hear this loud and clear: Grace is not a girlie man message!

In our performance driven society, men feel tremendous pressure to make more money, be the romantic husband, the loving father, the involved church and community member, and more. The list never ends. Men face  massive pressure to do “works” and perform.