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The ministry of Grace for the Weary is twenty-six years of theological study and pastoral ministry leveraged toward helping Christians who are tired of religious moralism experience genuine spiritual renewal by coming alive to the scandalous grace of Jesus and the Father's adopting love so that rest, peace, hope, and joy are not abstract concepts but living realities.
By the way, my name is McKay. I’ve been married to my college sweetheart, Kristy, for twenty-nine years with whom I’ve been graced with three children (25, 23, and 17).
While I am starting a new position this summer as Dean for Doctoral Studies for Metro Atlanta Seminary, I have served as a pastor for over twenty-six years in roles ranging from assistant pastor to church planter, founding pastor, and lead pastor. With B.A., M.Div., D.Min., and Ph.D. degrees, I not only enjoy writing, teaching, and speaking, but exploring the trails of the north Georgia mountains.
For much of our lives, Kristy and I misinterpreted the gospel to be a form of religious moralism.
From that perspective, God would accept and bless us based on our goodness (or at least if we looked better than others). We lived like the Jews in Romans 10:3, “Being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.” This was a life of doing more than being, pretending more than repenting, and working more than resting—not a life of abundant freedom and joy.
However, over the years and by God’s grace, Kristy and I have been growing in our understanding of the present value of Jesus’ blood, coming alive to the substitutionary nature of the cross, to the imputation of Jesus’ righteousness, and to what it means to be dearly loved, adopted children of God. These doctrines have become very precious to us and now serve as the centerpiece of our ministry through Rest for the Weary.
See below👇🏼 for details about our content philosophy that ties together three core doctrines: justification, adoption, and sanctification.
is helping sinners come alive to the immeasurable riches of God’s grace in Jesus.
I deeply desire for each article to renew your heart by encountering the Father’s heart for you, awakening your soul more and more to the height, depth, width, and breadth of his deep, unrelenting love expressed to you most undeniably through the cross of Christ—that you would live all of life in view of that cross, seeing, savoring, and celebrating the glorious grace of Jesus!
Dr. Tim Keller says, “The key to spiritual renewal is the continual re-discovery of the gospel.” Keeping with that philosophy, the message of the cross looms large in every resource we produce, with the goal being a “continual re-discovery of the gospel” for those impacted by Grace for the Weary. Tethering all of our content to the cross, our deep desire is for believers to come alive to the present value of Jesus’ blood.
If there is a word that most encapsulates the theological foundation of the gospel, it is substitution.
This is why every piece of GFTW content touches on the concept of “Jesus in my place.” He lived in my place, achieving an actual record of perfect righteousness with which to replace the rags of my unrighteousness and self-righteousness. He also died in my place, satisfying in full the demands of justice my sin deserved. As my sin-bearer and righteousness provider, my sin is transferred to Jesus and the benefits of his life, death, and resurrection are transferred to me.
Theologically, we call this union with Christ, where I abide in him by faith, believing that Jesus’ perfect righteousness is now my perfect righteousness (my new and true identity). As I press into the vine with conscious awareness of the present value of Jesus’ blood, the Holy Spirit, like sap from the vine, flows into me, filling me with new desires and abilities.
Jesus, by the power of the indwelling Spirit within me, is not only my Justifier but also is my Sanctifier—all of grace and all to his glory.
In John 15, Jesus says that if I abide in him, I will produce much fruit but apart from him, I can do no spiritual or moral good at all. Zip. Zero. Nil. Nuthin’. When we tie this to Paul’s statement on the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23, we see how spiritual growth and change takes place. Not by trying harder, making promises, or resolving to be more religious but by consciously abiding by faith in the gift-righteousness of Jesus. When I really believe, moment to moment, that Jesus is my substitute in life, death, and for the life to come, everything changes.
See below👇🏼 for details about how folks use GFTW for daily spiritual nurture for themselves and their families.
Rather than trying to search for daily gospel nutrition, it will be delivered directly to your inbox each weekday morning. Of course, all back posts are available here (www.gracefortheweary.com). No Google searching necessary. Just home-cooked gospel goodness, prepared in my study and served up hot and fresh.
Sadly, in the world of Christian devotional resources, moralism reigns. It is hard to find material that is theologically substantive, biblically grounded, practical for everyday life, and most of all distinctively cross-centered and Jesus-focused. This is the need in the church that I hope to fill for a tribe of folks who are looking for something biblically sound, theologically rich, and most of all, redemptively driven.
As part of our gospel tribe, you will want to share what is impacting you with others. This is the strength of our platform—easy sharability. With the click of a button, you can spread the gospel with friends via email and with the world on social media. If you think a certain post will resonate with a friend who could benefit from the message of God’s grace in Jesus, it is super-easy to forward it to them with the click of a button.
I presently am transitioning out of my pastoral role in the local church to focus more time on writing Grace for the Weary. My desire is that RFTW eventually will be a fully donor-supported ministry so that we can offer everything at no cost, from daily essays to books, video courses, personal discipleship, and a pastor’s fellowship.
I want to be able to say with the prophet Isaiah,
Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.1
Until then, your “paid subscription” helps to close the financial gap, allowing me to focus on producing resources that will help others learn to live in the shade of the cross—just like us. A paid subscription also unlocks the content archive of about 200 bonus articles.
But please do not feel any pressure. At this point, all new content is free for all subscribers. I will not—will not—guilt anyone into supporting GFTW financially. I fully trust the Lord to provide our monetary needs through those in the tribe whose lives are being affected by the ministry and have the desire to keep the ministry going by helping to fund the daily content.
Without guilt, you may read everything for free or support the ministry with a monthly subscription donation ($10) or an annual subscription ($97). You also may contribute over and above the standard paid membership by becoming a ministry Sponsor. You’ll see more info on the subscription page. Every paid membership comes with a 14-day trial. You may cancel paid subscriptions at any time.
However the Lord leads you, I pray that every essay, article, and post will be a seed of grace in your life that will grow in your heart a spirit of trust, rest, peace, hope, and joy.
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Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Use Grace for the Weary
Personal Spiritual Nurture
Each post is written primarily as a source for individuals to use for personal spiritual nurture, helping folks abide in Jesus as their perfect righteousness day-by-day and moment-by-moment.
Easy Family Devotions
Gather the family, open your email for the latest post, and read together as a family.
Sermon Material for Pastors
Pastors not only will find their own souls nourished but will discover helpful sermon starter ideas and illustrations.
See below👇🏼 for details about what is coming next as GFTW grows.
Content Philosophy: A Thread Woven of Three Core Doctrines
#1 — JUSTIFICATION: Grace-Centered Theology
At the heart of all of Scripture is the redemptive message of God’s saving grace to sinners in Jesus. Theologically, we call this justification, which is the hub of the theological wheel to which every passage and doctrine is connected. This grace message is the oak from which every acorn of biblical text falls and must be related in order to be properly understood and applied. This is why Grace for the Weary is committed to grace-centered theology.
"The doctrine of justification by faith through the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ is very much to my ministry what bread and salt are to the table. As often as ever the table is set, there are those necessary things. I regard that doctrine as being one that is to be preached continually, to be mixed up with all of our sermons.”
- Charles H. Spurgeon, Sermon #3488, October 9, 1870
#2 — ADOPTION: Grace-Focused Identity
Every human either will find his or her core identity in a self-achieved righteousness or in a gift-received righteousness. We will functionally live as spiritual orphans trying to make a life and name for ourselves, or we will live like adopted and beloved sons and daughters, with all the freedom, peace, hope, and joy that flows from such an identity. The implications are manifold and wide-ranging, touching on practically every area of life. This is why Grace for the Weary is committed to grace-focused identity.
“Adoption is the highest privilege of the gospel. The traitor is forgiven, brought in for supper, and given the family name. To be right with God the Judge is a great thing, but to be loved and cared for by God the Father is greater.”
— J.I. Packer
#3 — SANCTIFICATION: Grace-Empowered Transformation
What now? Should I expect to experience a spiritual change in my life? If so, how does that take place? What is my role in the process? As Jesus says in John 15, “No one can produce good fruit apart from me.” Practically speaking, this means that we experience the fruit of the Spirit as we consciously abide in the Vine of Jesus’ imputed gift-righteousness. As the Spirit fills us like sap through a vine into a branch, we receive new motives and a new ability to manifest the new life of love, peace, patience, kindness, etc. This is why Grace for the Weary is committed to grace-empowered transformation.
“It is by simple, close, and searching views of the cross of Christ that the Spirit most effectually sanctifies the believer. This is the true and great method of gospel sanctification! Let no man dream of true mortification of sin, or real sanctification of heart, who does not deal constantly, closely and believingly with the atoning blood of Jesus.”
— Octavius Winslow, The Work of the Holy Spirit (129)
What is Coming Next?
Using a multi-format approach to content creation, all resources begin with our daily posts on the gospel, which will expand to audio, print, and video. Those who are impacted by the written materials may want to go deeper by taking advantage of online discipleship and in-personal gospel immersion opportunities. Young pastors and their wives may receive personal mentoring in the Timothy Fellowship.
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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
— Jesus, Matthew 11:28