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Grace in the Church

By Dr. Steve W. Brown

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In this course, Dr. Brown analyzes how churches and individual believers tend to default toward modes that are religious rather than Christian, and legalistic rather than liberated. Emphasis is given to how people change and how both the church and individual believers can make a significant impact on the world with the good news of grace, freedom, and faithfulness.

Customer Reviews

Freedom and Grace

In a world that demands performance, and oftentimes a religious system the Pharisees would be proud of, Dr. Brown helps us find our way back to the Gospel. What happened to the joy and freedom they promised us when we became Christians? What do we do when the guilt and shame are too much to handle? In a style more akin to sitting at Grandpa’s house, Dr. Brown tackles these and other questions that can leave us wondering if Jesus has left the building. Stating that the course is not so much a critique of the Church but rather its wandering from the Gospel, Dr. Brown provides the path to Christian freedom and the fuel for an obedience that comes from the heart – radical grace.

Half a Loaf

I did not register for the course or read the assigned material.

This course is a synopsis of a seminar that Dr. Brown offers.

Dr. Brown is absolutely right that grace is a fundamental topic within Christianity; a sine qua non. He emphasizes how it is so common that believers miss out on that grace, just walking away from it. He implores his listeners to accept what is so freely given.

My primary concern with this course is that faithfulness is also a fundamental topic within Christianity; also a sine qua non. Dr. Brown never really discusses how to integrate grace and faithfulness. In my opinion, it is the inability to integrate these two elements that leads to antinomianism and legalism on the other hand.

This really isn't a course

This is not really a course but rather more like a front porch chat with a very likeable guy. There was no structure and the the presentations seemed to meander in various directions. There is an abundance of stories and anecdotes but very little instruction. I only listened to the first 12 lectures before I decided that it was time to stop wasting my time. Dr. Brown criticizes the church for having too many rules - a sentiment that I agree with - but is a little too judgmental about it. The major drawback is the lack of structure and the fact that 90% of the time is personal stories. If someone has extra time on their hands, count how many time in one lecture Dr. Brown uses the word "I".