A “New Perspective” on the Gospel, the King Jesus Gospel 3

Scot McKnight in his new book The King Jesus Gospel contends that evangelicals today are really “soterians” (“salvationists”) instead of truly evangelicals. He means by this that most have equated the word “gospel” with “salvation”. But the two words, says Scot, are different. His argument is that biblically the concept of “gospel” is a much [Read More...]

Board of Correction

I can’t believe I actually found a picture of the infamous “Board of Correction”. I admit my recollection may be off. I must have been 7 or 8 years old and my family went on a summer vacation to Maine to visit my Uncle Mike and Aunt Carol and my cousins. Somewhere along the way [Read More...]

A “New Perspective” on the Gospel, the King Jesus Gospel 2

As “Exhibit A” that something is wrong with our understanding of the gospel, Scot McKnight in his new book The King Jesus Gospel relates this story: I received this email form a reader with this question: “I know you’re probably busy. If you have the time, I have a question about the gospel. I noticed [Read More...]

A “New Perspective” on the Gospel, the King Jesus Gospel 1

My very good friend and colleague Scot McKnight, recently hailed my no less than Tom Wright as “one of the most powerful and able New Testament scholars on the American scene–and, in a measure, on the world scene”, is about to drop an atomic bomb in the middle of the already besieged city of American [Read More...]

To Change the World 4

James Hunter in his book To Change the World addresses the “real problem” with the prevailing view of culture behind the tactics of Christian efforts of every stripe to change the world. In his analysis the problem is a combination of German idealism, individualism and Christian pietism. The idealistic nature of the view is to [Read More...]

To Change the World 3

James Hunter contents the approach taken to cultural change by Christians of every stripe is ultimately ineffective because it is based on a faulty view of culture. In his book To Change the World, he argues that the common view of culture is that culture is created as humans live out their ideas and values. [Read More...]

Chabad-Lubavitch and the Seven Noahide Laws

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of touring the wonderful city of Prague. I visited the Jewish Quarter of the Old City which Rick Steves, the guru of European travel, says is “the most interesting collection of Jewish sights in Europe”. While strolling the neighborhood I happened upon a couple of Jewish [Read More...]

Tim Gombis and U2 Songs

Tim Gombis, a good friend of mine, has a fairly new blog called Faith Improvised. It’s currently my favorite blog to follow. A couple of times now he’s reflected theologically on a U2 song, which is awesome! Recently he wrote a post on one my my favs “Grace” titled “Grace and the Dynamics of Resurrection”. [Read More...]