Celebrating Advent with a young family

Can you help me? I’m a low-church Baptist turned non-demoninational evangelical who grew in a fundamentalist environment. So I never learned about the Christian year or how to follow the it. One of my 2012 resolutions is to orient time around the Christian year. That year as you might know begins in just a few [Read More...]

John 13 and the Disciples’ Mission

In John 13 Jesus washes the disciples’ feet. Commentators agree that, at the very least, this story makes the point of Mark 10:45 in narrative (see comments by Michaels, p. 725): For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many. [Read More...]

What’s NOT the Mission of the Church? 4

I’ve been analyzing the biblical and theological arguments in Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert’s new book on the mission of the church What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission. Their thesis is the church’s mission is singularly proclamation and worship. As they stated: The mission [Read More...]

Spending time with a Cardinal

Our department at North Park hosted its annual Kermit Zarley Lectureship recently. This year we had the honor of hosting Cardinal Francis George, the Cardinal of Chicago. I was fortunate to have been seated next to him for dinner. We talked about Gospels scholarship and Brant Pitre’s book on the Eucharist. Of which he said, [Read More...]

Origen’s comment on the “Gospel” of John 12

The story of the anointing of Jesus’ head by an unnamed woman at Bethany in Mark 14 is something of a parallel to John’s account of Mary’s, the sister of Lazarus, anointing of Jesus’ feet in John 12. Mark 14:9 records Jesus saying “Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, [Read More...]

Tim Gombis on What is the Mission of the Church?

Tim Gombis over at his blog Faith Improvised is also writing a series of posts critically engaging Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert’s book What Is the Mission of the Church?. In his third post, Tim reflects on the DeYoung and Gilbert’s dichotomy between worship (which they think is the mission of the church) and the [Read More...]

What is NOT the mission of the Church? 3

In this third post on Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert’s new book What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission I want to reflect on the fourth chapter “Understanding the Good News”. It is a chapter on the question “What is the Gospel?” They begin the [Read More...]

What’s NOT the Mission of the Church? 2

In my first post on DeYoung and Gilbert’s book What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission, I came out of the corner swinging admittedly. At least one friend encouraged me to take a more irenic tone so that these issues can in fact be discussed. [Read More...]


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