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Three Free Sins: God's Not Mad at You Paperback – February 7, 2012
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“My stepfather, Jack, once said, ‘We don't need more people writing Christian books, what we need is more Christians writing good books,’ and I agree with him. Steve has written a good book that is also Christian. I have both learned from it and enjoyed it. You can't get better than that.” —Douglas Gresham, C.S. Lewis's stepson and producer of the Narnia movies (Douglas Gresham, C.S. Lewis's stepson and producer of the Narnia movies)
“If you are looking for a book that’s fun to read and, at the same time, able to lead you into deep reflection on how the grace of God lifts the burdens of sin and guilt, you’re going to love Steve Brown’s book. I give it four stars!” —Tony Campolo, Ph.D., Eastern University (Tony Campolo, Ph.D., Eastern University)
"Like me, Steve wholeheartedly believes that the gospel of grace is way more drastic, way more offensive, way more liberating, way more shocking, and way more counterintuitive than any of us realize. Everything here is vintage Steve Brown--the 'ole white guy at his best. Enjoy!" —Tullian Tchividjian, Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and author of Jesus + Nothing = Everything (Tullian Tchividjian, Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and author of Jesus + Nothing = Everything)
“After reading Steve Brown's Three Free Sins, this rotten girl redeemed put on a pair of red stilettos and did a happy dance. Three Free Sins is like an old Three Dog Night tune—it'll make you sing along, crazy and loud, happy as all get-out. Steve Brown isn't the old bald guy he claims to be—he's all heart, graceful and true, and his message is indeed Joy to the World.” —Karen Spears Zacharias, author of Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide? (Karen Spears Zacharias, author of Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide?)
“Once again Steve Brown has done what he does best. He’s pushed the grace envelope. He’s inviting us, no, forcing us to think through the radical implications of the gospel. As I read Three Free Sins, I got the clear impression that Steve wants us to take the command in 1 John 3:1 very seriously: ‘See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!’ ‘Look, see, behold! God loves you so outrageously more than all you could ask or imagine, all because of what Jesus has done for you!’ This book isn’t about how the gospel gives us a grace card to live like moral morons, but as those who are radically transformed by the only love that will never let us go.” —Scott Smith, founding pastor of Christ Community Church, author of Objects of His Affection and Everyday Prayers (Scott Smith, founding pastor of Christ Community Church, author of Objects of His Affection and Everyday Prayers)
“If Mark Twain had ever gotten over his cynicism long enough to believe the Gospel, he probably would have written a book like this. This is the kind of book that helps cynics like myself to actually hear the Gospel in the midst of all the social, religious, and political clap-trap that surrounds me. Thank God for friends and audacious preachers like Steve Brown. I am elated that he's still at it, to wit, upsetting the religious gatekeepers by throwing open the Gospel door so that all the riff-raff like me can actually see inside. Wow, there's a party going on! Who woulda thought?” —Buddy Greene, singer/songwriter, entertainer, recording artist (Buddy Greene, singer/songwriter, entertainer, recording artist)
"Steve Brown hates self-help books. Thank God. Three Free Sins is hilarious, honest, and full of the hard-won wisdom only an old guy knows. At its core is this truth: real change only happens when we realize God loves us whether we change or not. Do you know that in your knower? Read this book. It won’t self-help you into frustration. It will change your game. And if you are like me, you’ll laugh out loud, cry a little, and shout, 'Amen! Preach it, Old White Guy!'" —Susan E. Isaacs, author of Angry Conversations With God (Susan E. Isaacs, author of Angry Conversations With God)
"While the title may appear brash, its underlying concept is certainly orthodox Protestant Christian teaching. . . . The book is peppered with humorous tales and personal testimonies that Brown has collected over more than 25 years as a Christian pastor, radio host, and seminary professor, to prove his point. The result is a refreshingly candid view of how Brown sees humans and their relationship with God." —Publishers Weekly, starred review (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
About the Author
Dr. Steve Brown is a broadcaster, seminary professor, author, and founder and president of Key Life Network. He previously served as a pastor for over twenty-five years and now devotes much of his time to the radio broadcasts, Key Life and Steve Brown Etc. Dr. Brown serves as Professor Emeritus of Preaching at Reformed Theological Seminary teaching at the campuses in
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Perhaps you, like many of my friends, hear me say that title and you wince, but give me a moment. If you are at all familiar with Steve Brown, he’s been around a long, long time. In fact, he refers to himself as “old as dirt.” He is a conservative, Bible believing seminary professor who has been telling people about Jesus for a very long time with his amazing baritone voice. But in the introduction to the book, he tells his readers that he has tried really hard to live in the “religious box” for a long time, a stiff container of legalism and lovelessness. Although the title catches almost everyone off guard, the message inside is pure gospel.
Too often, you see, Christians use methods of discipleship that don’t work. For example, we inflict guilt or we hold up stories of “Bible heroes” without recognizing their dark sides. We present the Bible as a list of rules to be followed rather than a story of a God pursuing sinners right in the middle of their mess. We confuse law and gospel. What happens is not that we sin less, but that we get better at hiding our junk. And then we get self-righteous.
Brown turns this whole approach to the Christian faith (which is ineffective anyways) upside down. He asks the question “What if the Christian faith isn’t about getting better?” Rather, what if the Christian faith is developing a deeper and deeper recognition that God loves us in spite of our sins—past, present and future. What if being a Christian really is about freedom, recognition of our need for Jesus, and the beauty of forgiveness? On page 87, Brown wrote, “I’ve found that the greatest need among Christian leaders isn’t for more commitment, more ‘religion’, and more ‘making an impact for Jesus’. What they need to be taught is that they are seriously sinful and God loves them anyway.” Bingo!
When we begin to recognize God’s love, grace, and forgiveness, something interesting happens. We begin to live as free people. We live fearlessly. We will get better when we aren’t watching and trying so hard.
Three Free Sins is an amazing book. Don’t let the title scare you off. If you are a Christian, God. Is. Not. Mad. At. You. You are his beloved child. You are free.
- I am a sinner. I will be that until Christ makes me new.
- As I am striving towards obedience and avoiding sin, I am not shipwrecked when I do sin - because I'm still just a sinner who needs a savior.
- I need Grace. I never stopped needing it.
Steve Brown also reminds us, be yourself - the person God made and loves.
Don't try to walk according to another man's standard. (Being a "Phony" version of yourself)
Do yourself a favor - buy it. READ IT. (Emphasis last part)
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the title is a bit misleading read it tho and you understand what he is trying to say.