July 3, 2014
After having great intentions of writing
something each month, I find I am behind a month
or two. Please forgive my tardiness! I have lots
of excuses that I won't bore you with, but some
of them are legitimate! I want to briefly
address four ideas this month.
First, how is the
Free Grace message getting spread? I am leaving
for Ghana two days after writing this and I know
others of you travel to other countries. We'd
like to know where you
are going! Our mission is to "connect,
encourage, and equip," and hearing about what
God is doing through your work is a great way to
encourage and be encouraged.
I know of
trips either "on the books" or recently
completed to Ghana, Finland, Burundi, Ukraine,
Nepal, Philippines, India, Honduras, and Papua
New Guinea. I'm sure there are others. Drop a
note on Facebook and/or send a short write-up to
our blog master, John Correia
(email@example.com), and we'll post it
on the blog! Let us know, too, if you are
involved in a church plant or other work. We
need more Free Grace churches on our own soil! A
couple in my church is being transferred to
another city in which no Free Grace churches
exist (well, to be honest, no Free Grace
churches I that I can find). And if you have
published something promoting Free Grace, let us
know about that as well. In other words, let us
know anything you are doing to promote Free
Second, mark out Oct
13th - 15th for our annual National Conference.
This year's theme - "What's God Got to Do With
It? - The Divine Side of Salvation" promises to
provide fascinating sessions and discussion
after the sessions. Dr. Norm Geisler will be our
special guest this year. Come if you can! And if
you cannot, think about attending a regional
conference - or even better, hosting one.
Contact us and we'll send you the information
you need to set up a conference.
Third, we have had a
lot of "behind the scenes" activities going on.
We recently sent out a first draft of our
directory to everyone who is an active member.
If you did not receive the information, has your
membership lapsed? Join (or rejoin!) us
the months ahead, we hope to improve our ability
to connect with one another. We have some other
activities in the works but which we can't yet
comment on. Pray for us as we move ahead on
Fourth, even though our
overall goal is to positively promote the Free
Grace message, sometimes we have to get involved
in "fire fights." Some of these we choose not to
participate in; others we choose to. Recently,
as many of you know, a well-known reformed
theologian chose to point out publicly the
errors he perceives in the Free Grace message
and in the FGA in particular. Some of what he
said is based on a misunderstanding of Free
Grace theology. We are crafting a response for
him to help point out those misunderstandings,
without attacking him or his theology.
We know many disagree with the Free Grace message we
promote, but we want to help them understand our
We tentatively plan to send this response
to all FGA members for their awareness and for
them to use as they see fit.
The more work I do related to promoting the
simple message of Free Grace, the more I am in
awe of the God of grace and the incredible
message of salvation by grace alone through
faith alone in Christ alone. Thanks for all you
do to promote this incredible message. Keep on
connecting, encouraging, and equipping!
In His grace,
Roger Fankhauser, President