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Shawn Lazar
Shawn is the author of several books and a staff writer with Free Grace International. He holds a BTh from McGill University and an MA from the Free University of Amsterdam. Originally from Montreal, Quebec, he now lives in Texas with his wife and three kids.

Shawn Lazar

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Shawn's work focuses on how God's grace in Christ affects and informs our daily lives. Join him in a thoughtful search to find insights about gracious living from God’s Word and other—sometimes surprising—places.

Calvinist John Murray on Justification vs Rewards

John Murray (1898–1975) was a Scottish Reformed theologian who taught at Princeton Seminary and then left to found Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia. In other words, he was a Calvinist’s Calvinist. He influenced generations of conservative Presbyterian and Reformed pastors. I found a helpful quote from him. The issue is trying to reconcile two seemingly contradictory […]

Ten Days to Register for the Campout!

I just came back from a meeting with the FGI Team about our upcoming Family Bible Campout in Hot Springs, Arkansas on March 8-12, 2024. It’s going to be fun! I have no gift for organizing group events other than to conceive of one and get the ball rolling. But that’s where FGI's talented team […]

Valentine’s Day and the Religion of Conditional Love

If Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, what kind do you celebrate? Dig into people’s motivations, and you might find that everyone approaches love in one of two ways, thinking it’s either conditional or unconditional. It’s sad to say, but the only love many people have ever known is conditional. Maybe you quickly learned […]

What Is the Connection Between Faith and Good Works?

Question: What is the connection between faith and good works? Is it possible to have faith but no good works? Please clarify thanks. Answer: Those are two good questions. Let’s start with some basic definitions. First, having faith is to be persuaded that something is true, such as believing that Jesus is the Son of […]

The Freedom to Act Inconsistently with What You Believe

Can believers act inconsistently with what we believe? Some people deny it. If they see a Christian acting in an unchristian way, they take it as proof that they’re not really saved or were never saved to begin with. The only way to be sure is by looking at your behavior. You can claim to […]

Salvation in James: A Survey of Free Grace Interpretations

What did James mean by salvation? He used the verb save [sōzō] five times in his letter (1:21; 2:14; 4:12; 5:15, 20). And if you ever preach grace, someone will always quote his second use in v 14, “if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you?” The objector […]

Is Spiritual Death in the Bible?

Question: What is spiritual death? I’ve heard it explained as separation from God. Does that phrase appear in the Bible? I don’t think it does. Is it Biblical? Answer: We should always be careful about adopting terminology that doesn’t explicitly appear in the Bible. Sometimes it can be helpful. At other times, it can be […]

Is It Disloyal to Question Your Favorite Teacher?

If you’ve ever shared the grace message with your friends and family, you probably met resistance. And you might have wondered why. Why would anyone hesitate to accept such good news about Jesus and the freeness of salvation? There are many reasons, but one of them is loyalty to a favorite teacher. Loyalty is a […]

Does Romans 8:12-14 Disprove Eternal Security?

Question: How can we be eternally secure when Paul warns that if we go on sinning, then Jesus will not save us? Paul says we have to kill the sin in us:  “So then, brothers, we are obligated not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the […]

Does John 5:28-29 Teach Salvation by Works?

Question: How can salvation by faith be true when Jesus taught it depends on being good? “Do not be astonished at this, because an hour is coming in which all those in the tombs will hear his voice and they will come out—those who have done good things to a resurrection of life, but those […]

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