Sill thinking about grace, I’ve found the ministry of Steve Brown helpful over the past couple of weeks. I had heard his name mentioned by a church member who catches him on the radio often, and then ran across him again on The Gospel Coalition resources page. I was intrigued by the title of a course of his available for download, “Grace in the Church,” and thought it would be beneficial for pastoral ministry in general, and preaching through Galatians in particular. It just so happened that my wife was away for a week visiting her grandfather on the east coast, providing me with ample opportunity to listen to sermons around the house. By the end of the week, I had completed the whole course and had gained much.
Brown’s emphasis is on the “radical grace” of God to sinners, and the freedom that believers are called to enjoy as sons and daughters of God. Some of the statements he makes about the extent of our freedom sound somewhat edgy at first listen, and have brought a great deal of criticism his way, even accusations of antinomianism. But while I regularly found myself challenged by his words, and still may differ from him here and there, I do not think he is an antinomian. And I know that his message of grace is just what the doctor ordered for this uptight, legalistic soul. Brown was a PCA pastor for over 25 years, and now teaches at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He is perhaps most widely recognized for his radio ministry, “Key Life,” and for the numerous books he has authored. He has the ideal voice for preaching, and is lots of fun to listen to.
I picked out one sermon of Brown’s to recommend that speaks to the theme of grace. It is creatively delivered, weaving in the truths of Psalm 130 with the story of John Wesley’s conversion. I enjoyed it, and think you will too.