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Charis by Preston Sprinkle

January 5, 2015

I picked up a free copy of Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us by Preston Sprinkle. As you know, if there is a book on grace, I want to get my hands on it.

I had never heard of Preston Sprinkle before. I have no idea what his views on other topics are. But, what I read in the pages of Charis, blew me away. This is one of the best books on grace I’ve ever read.

Sprinkle is a PhD and seminary teacher. He runs in academic circles. He brings great historical background to so many passages. But, unlike most academics who can only be understood by others with higher degrees, Sprinkle speaks the language of the people.

Charis is an overview of grace in the Bible with an emphasis on the Old Testament. Some “grace” teachers reject the Old Testament outright, even saying the Bible Society’s decision to include the Old Testament was a huge mistake. Charis proves them wrong.

A Cautious Grace

February 14, 2014

Whenever you tell someone you speak and write about grace, they are quick to offer cautions.

Grace must be kept in balance. “You don’t want sloppy agape or cheap grace now do you?”
Oh yes, well watch out for so and so, he is dangerous…

Grace is treated as though it is radioactive material moments away from a chain reaction causing irreparable damage.

Attempts to balance out its scandalous nature are made.

We stand off from grace poking and prodding it like an alien life form. We push away the very thing we so desperately need.

Holiness and godly lifestyle are zeroed in on as the antidote to help us keep this nuclear substance in check. The Biblical word for this is Law.

In his book, One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World, Tullian Tchividjian offers these thoughts on grace and Law, citing J. Gresham Machen