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Is God a God of Justice or Grace?

We often wrestle with these two seemingly opposite traits within our Father. Different Scriptures seem to show each perspective. Sometimes we feel like we are reading about two different gods who are at war. We usually end up choosing one at the expense of another.

  • If there are no consequences (justice), than it is sloppy agape.
  • How could a loving God send someone to Hell?
  • How can God be good with so much suffering in the world?
  • If you show people grace, they will sin more!

Books have been written.
Theological viewpoints formed.
The battle line have been drawn.
As they fight, which attribute will win?

This is necessary if God is like us.

We cannot be just and merciful at the same time. We choose one or the other.

What’s In A Name?

March 8, 2012

Naming a child can be a much discussed and debated topic among parents.

The names we chose for our boys took a lot of time and thought to come up with. We settled on names which reflected “Gentle Strength” and “Bears Christ with Joy.” Amazingly, the boys “are becoming their names. One is an athletic, yet soft hearted feeler. The other is our happy go lucky, never have a bad day son.

Naming your child can almost feel like a prophetic exercise as you see them “grow” into their names.

I recently had the privilege to preside over a Nigerian couple’s baby naming ceremony here in South Africa. In many parts of Nigeria it is custom to hold this ceremony 8 days afer a child is born to announce the name of the child. A name in Nigeria carriesĀ much significance for the child. Everytime his or her name is mentioned, the destiny of the child is proclaimed. This little boy I dedicated actually has 9 names! That’s a lot of proclamation!