Imperfection and Sin Are the Doors to Mercy

Keith KettenringChristian Living, Motley Christian6 Comments

How to Be a Sinner (Dr. Peter Bouteneff) is the most significant book I’ll read this year. The title intrigues me. The content stirs my soul to a better understanding and experience of knowing God as an “unworthy servant.” For decades I’ve wrestled with the issue of sin in light of God’s love and mercy, forgiveness and acceptance. I know I … Read More

Motley Christian Has A New Home

Keith KettenringMotley Christian2 Comments

I am excited to announce that our new website has launched. Whoo hoo!! One month of planning and two months of development have resulted in a beautiful and simple site. Here’s what’s behind the new site — We have one website that includes three aspects of what we do. Yes, three in one! Here are some reasons for the change: … Read More

Salvation & Eternal Life is a Lifetime Commitment

Keith KettenringChristian Living, Motley ChristianLeave a Comment

Recently I had this thought: Salvation may occur in a moment, but it takes a lifetime to become a Christian. When we come to faith in Christ, do we instantly become godly, righteous, and sinless? Of course not. Some people try to convince us that our “in Christ” life means we are given Christ’s righteousness and are therefore actually righteous. … Read More

Here’s Good News: You’re Still a Sinner. You Can Stop Obsessing Over Being Perfect.

Keith KettenringChristian Living, Motley Christian, PassionsLeave a Comment

Do you feel pressure to act like an exceptional Christian? Are there people around you telling you that you’re perfect in Christ so live like it? Or, are you uptight about looking good in front of others so they’ll be impressed with your spirituality? Truth is, there is no pressure to perform well as a Christian. Your sin should teach … Read More

AWANA And the Quest For Spiritual Knowledge

Keith KettenringBible Stuff, Christian Living, Motley ChristianLeave a Comment

I watched this clip from The Andy Griffith Show a couple weeks ago and, with my convoluted mind, thought of Awana. How many kids, sitting in front of their Awana leader, try to recall the words to verses they thought they’d memorized? Awana is very strict about “word-for-word” memory and only a couple “helps.” I wonder how many kids were … Read More

Confessions of A Great Pretender

Keith KettenringChristian Living, Church, Motley Christian, PassionsLeave a Comment

For a few weeks I’ve been struggling with anger and shame. I am angry with myself because I’m so freakin’ obsessed with looking good spiritually and physically before others. I am angry at the condition of the modern evangelical church as I read about stupid, ego-driven pastors leading unaware and superficial people. The struggle becomes more intense as I reflect … Read More