Three Free Sins
"Hilarious, honest, and full of the hard-won wisdom...At its core is this truth: real change only happens when we realize God loves us whether we change or not." -Susan E. Isaacs, author of Angry Conversations With God From...
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"Hilarious, honest, and full of the hard-won wisdom...At its core is this truth: real change only happens when we realize God loves us whether we change or not." -Susan E. Isaacs, author of Angry Conversations With God
From a popular pastor and radio host-Three Free Sins teaches that the only people who make any progress toward being better are those who know that God will still love them, regardless of how good they are.
This book is about the misguided obsession with the management of sin that cripples too many Christians. It's about the view that religion is all about sin...about how to hide side sin or how to stop sinning all together.
In the Introduction, the author toys good-naturedly with an agitated caller on his radio program, teasing him in a segment where he offers three free sins. The offer is real. Not that Steve has the power to forgive sins, but he wants to make the point that Jesus has made the offer to cover all of our sins - not just three.
Chapter one, titled "Teaching Frogs to Fly," is even better. The gist of this chapter is that you can't teach frogs to fly, just like you can't teach people not to sin. Steve tells a story about a guy who has a frog, and he's convinced he can teach the frog how to fly. The man keeps throwing the frog up in the air or up against walls - all to the poor frog's demise. The message is that even though people can be better, they can never not sin-just like a frog can never learn to fly, no matter how much pressure is put on it.
Steve continues through the book to show readers that while they can never manage sin, they can relax in knowing that they are completely forgiven-not just of three, but of all.
Dr. Steve Brown is one of the most sought after preachers and conference speakers in the country. Having had extensive radio experience before entering the ministry, he is now heard daily on the national radio program, Key Life, and an afternoon talk show. He served as the senior pastor of Key Biscayne Presbyterian Church for 17 years before joining the Reformed Theological Seminary faculty as Professor of Preaching. He is the author of more than a dozen books including How To Speak So People Will Listen, Jumping Hurdles, Hitting Glitches; Overcoming Setbacks, Scandalous Freedom, When being Good is not good enough, and What was I thinking?. Dr. Brown has also served on the board of Christianity Today. His TV program, Hashing It Out, a discussion of issues with Tony Campolo, is seen in 25 million homes weekly, and his TV program, The Late Steve Brown, was widely viewed on Sunday evenings