Showing posts from January, 2016

The Loophole

"He uses grace as a loophole" 

Ashley and I were talking last week & she was telling me about a conversation she was having with someone where the above statement had been made negatively about another person ... like grace should not be viewed as a loophole.

As I processed these words for a minute, we both looked at each other and exclaimed, "But that's exactly what grace is - a loophole!" 

Our lexical friend Merriam-Webster defines a loophole as a means of escape.  Most often it has to do with an unnoticed out in the legal system that allows a person to evade the potential consequences of breaking a particular rule or law.   A person deserves one thing because of their actions but undeservedly avoids those consequences because of a loophole in the law.

Paul states it this way in Romans 6:23: "For the wages of sin is death, BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." As sinners we have broken God's holy and righteous …

Grace Point Church turns 10

Do you ever wish life came with an edit button? Do you wish you could go back and rewrite or omit a chapter of your story?  I think all of us have moments or seasons we wish we could amend.

Ten years ago this week a new church launched in Las Vegas.  135 people gathered in a middle school cafeteria north of Las Vegas and Grace Point Church was born. I had the privilege to serve as the Founding & Lead Pastor of Grace Point for its first five years.  In reality, I had already invested over 3 years of my life into that moment so the official "launch" was simply the climax of the previous chapter of my life.

Parachuting into a community like Vegas and planting a church is a daunting task. Very few church plants survive in Vegas.  And truthfully only a church planter knows the weight and burden of starting a church from scratch.  The amount of money that must be raised (a million dollars for us), convincing a core group to move to Las Vegas with you with no guarantees of succe…