But God: The Powerful Drama of Love

Monday, 01 Jul 2019

The gospel for me, I now realize, is the gospel for everyone. I didn’t and don’t need special deliverance, multiple steps, awkward procedures, or monotonous rituals. I needed (and need) Jesus. It’s always more of him.
I’m stuck. I’m having difficulty finding a home in the church. I’m either being given less than the gospel or more than the gospel. One side denies transformative grace, and the other demands adherence to a severe legalism. Shortly after I came to faith and was baptized, I was told by a well-known pastor to “fake it ’til you make it.” So, I did. Or at least I tried. For the next decade, I became increasingly anxious, depressed, and obsessed with relief. I fell into a deep depression and anxiety. I couldn’t even ...

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