Grace, Faith and Works

I have added one of my earlier published pieces to the blog.  I presented this lecture at a Harding Graudate School of Religion forum in 1992.

It addresses the relationship between justification and sanctification in the context of assurance.  You may access the lecture here.

I plan to continuously add to my pages the rest of my published materials as well as materials I offered in various lectures.  I’m new to WordPress and learning how to use its features.  So, a little patience with me…please. 🙂

9 Responses to “Grace, Faith and Works”

  1.   Steve Says:

    Thanks for the resources bro. I’ve heard that patience is a virtue.


  2.   Matthew Says:

    I remember reading this years ago, a great work which helped me.

  3.   K. Rex Butts Says:

    I wasn’t able to acess the file.

    Any ways, have you ever read Veli-Matti Karkkainen, “One with God: Salvation as Deification and Justification,” Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2004.? As a Lutheran Theologian, his understanding of salvation keeps justification and sanctification in tact as a process where God is remaking mankind into the image of God again. He lays out the historical differences between the Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant Reformation branches of thought, trying to draw an eccumenical concensus. It was a fairly interesting read and not too long (only 144 pages).

    God bless!

    Ithaca Church of Christ
    Ithaca, NY

  4.   John Mark Hicks Says:


    I don’t know why you were unable to access it. Can you access the other files under my pages? Anyone else having problems with it?

    I have read–and enjoyed as well as embrace the substance of the book–it. It is a good understanding that that sees the unity of sanctification and justification. It is, I think, quite similiar to how Calvin envisioned the relationship.

    My piece is a bit dated in terms of my own understanding as I would move more in the direction of uniting the two. But I think the substance of my piece is still on target. I would supplement it with some Eastern Orthodox theosis and some Emergent emphasis on transformation.

  5.   Rex Says:

    Dr. Hicks, I am able to acces the article now but I am on my home PC rather than my notebook, so the problem of accesing the article may be on my end.

    Thanks for the hard work on this blog. I really appreciate it.

  6.   RICH CONSTANT Says:

    i read the paper last night around 10pm ca time

    and couldn’t find the comment i left or the the paper. so it was someone else john mark honest i didn’t do anything ….i hope??? but then it would be just like every thing around home
    dad did it mom

  7.   Clyde S. Says:

    I remember being there at the forum. My favorite line was when one of the other presenters asked you to come take the dime out of their hand (to prove that salvation was a free gift but that you had to get up and come take it) and you responded, “It’s all in the dime” (or something to that effect).

    I think that was the last year of the Big Crowd at the HUGSR Forum.

  8.   John Mark Hicks Says:

    If you remember the forum was held due to the massive reaction to Rubel Shelly’s “Arbeit Macht Frei,” in The Love Lines, Bulletin of the Woodmont Hills Church of Christ, 16.45 (October 31, 1990), 3. This is the article where Rubel said that we do not contribute to our salvation.

    You can see one reaction by Buster Dobbs in the Firm Foundation at

    The questioner (Keith Mosher) asked me if I contributed, and I responded that (if I remember correctly) that I contributed in the sense that I accepted the gift, but I did not contribute one cent to the dime itself. The whole dime was a gift.

    Rubel’s own lecture at the forum is available at

  9.   Clyde S. Says:

    Great–thanks for the links.


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