Tom Brennan

Tom Brennan is the pastor of the Maplewood Bible Baptist Church in Chicago, where he has served since 2004. Prior to that he founded and pastored a church in rural Pennsylvania. Maplewood is a vibrant, multi-ethnic, inner-city work more than a century old but full of life. He and his wife, Mandy, have three children. Brennan’s Pen is Tom’s writing ministry. Birthed in 2014, it includes a blog, daily emails designed for men in ministry, as well as his books. Tom welcomes interaction with his readers. You can contact him on Facebook at Brennan’s Pen.

The Definition of Legalism

This is the second in a four post mini-series on legalism set within the context of this series on grace. These are by Pastor Joe Cassada of the Solid Rock Baptist Church in Maryland Heights, Missouri. Previously, I mentioned that two popular understandings of legalism fail to take the battle to the enemy: the first […]

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The Danger of Legalism

Note: In planning this blog series on grace I felt I wanted to cover the subject of legalism in some depth. I have asked my good friend, Pastor Joe Cassada, of the Solid Rock Baptist Church in Maryland Heights, Missouri, to address this topic for us. This is the first of several posts covering the […]

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Under Grace

Romans 6:14-15For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. We come now to one of the most critical and most critically misunderstood aspects about holiness in contemporary American […]

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An Atmosphere of Grace

In the last post we discussed Peter’s wondrous turn of phrase: “growing in grace”. I likened it to a plant that grows in the soil, and we discussed briefly being rooted in Christ and established in the faith. I want to return to Peter’s primary thought today, and specifically to my illustration. If growing in […]

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Grow in Grace

One of the best known of all the references to grace in the Bible is Peter’s summary statement at the conclusion of his second epistle, But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.  Certainly, this is a command or […]

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Giving Grace

Peter tells us that grace is a many-splendored thing. (I Peter 4:10)Thus far we have examined two aspects of grace, saving grace – the unmerited favor that results in my salvation, and helping grace – the unmerited favor that helps me to do what God tells me to do. In this post I want to examine yet another […]

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Helping Grace

This is post #2 in a series on Grace. Grace is a gem with many facets. Peter said as much when he admonished us, As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (1 Peter 4:10) “Manifold” means numerous or varied, and […]

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First, Grace

This is post #1 in a series on Grace. Perhaps the most famous hymn in Christendom is John Newton’s “Amazing Grace”. It can arguably be said that no one described grace better than he when he said, Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, That saved a wretch; like me! I once was lost, but now […]

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