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Gospel Versus Religion

October 6, 2015

I’m teaching Galatians this week in Cape Town. In my preparation, I came across a comparison floating around the internet of the gospel versus religion by Tim Keller.

I thought it was worth sharing with you all here at

It is worth chewing on, searching our hearts for the subtle differences which can creep into our lives.




Below is a very insightful comparison between “religion” and “the gospel” drawn from the sermons of Tim Keller (Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan). Tim does a remarkable job of probing hearts and revealing how easily we slip into self-dependence mode. As I’ve been saying each Sunday, real slavery according to the Bible is self-reliance. So, read the comparison list below with humility and care. It will do your soul good. 

RELIGION: I obey-therefore I’m accepted.

THE GOSPEL: I’m accepted-therefore I obey.

Deep, Enduring Change

October 2, 2014

I am blogging from Atlanta, Georgia at the Catalyst 2014 Conference. I have been asked to serve as a part of the Blogger Team at Catalyst!

Tim Keller, the founder and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City spoke to us on the following topic:

What does it take to change yourself inwardly, deeply, and enduringly?

You won’t change society unless you know how to change yourself. I’ve seen lots of promising young leaders and movements go down due to character flaws.


4 Things to KNOW about Biblical Teaching:

1. Know the magnitude of your sin problem. Romans 7:19-20. None of us realize how serious our sin is. We make excuses or explain things away. We are blind to the sins which can destroy us.

John Owen wrote On the Mortification of Sin – “Be killing your sin or sin will be killing you.”

Best Books of 2013

November 24, 2013

One of the most popular features of NoSuperHeroes, is my top books for the year. I’m doing the list earlier this year. Perhaps you will be inspired to pick up some of these for yourself or a friend over the upcoming holiday sale season. See my list for last year HERE.

My top books for 2013 are….(in no particular order)

How People Grow: What the Bible Reveals About Personal Growth – Henry Cloud and John Townsend. I’ve talked a lot about this book on NoSuperHeroes. perhaps due to reading it twice this year. This book has done more to influence my ministry and teaching than any book I’ve read in the last 10 years. It is an incredible blend of grace, God changing our hearts, accountability, wise choices and practical life change. We often focus on one or two of these. This book brings them all together. To read a full review, click HERE.

The Meaning of Marriage

June 20, 2013

Tim Keller founded and currently pastors Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. With his mission being to reach cynical New Yorkers, he often has to refine what culture espouses to be true, replacing it with the Biblical perspective.

When dealing with marriage, he is coming against the idols of self, image, and money. Look through these grids and the statements he and his wife, Kathy, make about marriage become radical and even more profound.

Here are a collection of what they offer in the book, The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God

On the purpose of marriage:
“It is for helping each other become our future glory selves. Putting a Christian friendship at the heart of a marriage relationship can lift it to a level that no other vision for marriage approaches.”