The New Testament’s Most Undervalued Theologian

The author of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts is, according to Justo Gonzalez, the most “undervalued” author in the NT. We could quibble — we ignore Jude and the author of Hebrews perhaps more — but he’s right. When it comes to pages penned and discussions about, Luke gets ignored. This [Read More…]

Pentecost Sermon by Jason Micheli

Genesis 11.1-9 & Acts 2 Speaking a Different Language I studied five years of Latin in high school and four years of German. I can still decline the word for ‘farmer:’ acricola, agricolae, agricolam. And I can recall enough German to appreciate Indiana Jones on a deeper level. I studied Greek and Hebrew in seminary, and I still know [Read More…]

When is the Gospel at Stake?

I’m bouncing off a post that claims too many Christians are Chicken Littles because they run around claiming and worrying and showing their faithfulness by saying the sky is falling down all the time. That is, they think the gospel is at stake in every conversation. Deny inerrancy? The gospel is at stake. Deny the [Read More…]

Hello Northern Seminary

For at least five years I have had an inner yearning to teach in a seminary, to concentrate on leaders, pastors and preparing folks to work in churches and in God’s mission in this world, and in fact almost left North Park some time back to join a seminary faculty. It seems increasingly that my [Read More…]

A Stark Contrast with the Conventional

It was Jesus who stood out in his Jewish context, not the Essenes or the Pharisees. They were conventional and followed their logic of holiness well; Jesus went in a different direction. The prophetic calling of Jesus demanded the unconventional. The temptation for the church is to be conventional, when the prophetic calling often demands [Read More…]

Prophetic Jesus, Prophetic Church 3

If Jesus was prophetic then the church that follows him is prophetic. That means, first, that the church listens to, is empowered by and is confident in the Spirit of God. Johnson: “The prospect is at once thrilling and frightening.” Why? If we as a/the church learn to listen to the Spirit, we have to [Read More…]

Prophetic Jesus, Prophetic Church 2

If Jesus was prophetic (and he was) then the church that follows him is prophetic (and it isn’t always what it should be). But what does it mean to be “prophetic”? For some today it means little more than being critical of social sins. Many say we have to be careful not to lose our [Read More…]

Prophetic Jesus, Prophetic Church 1

If Jesus was prophetic (and he was) then the church that follows him is prophetic (and it isn’t always what it should be). This is the thesis of Luke Timothy Johnson’s new book Prophetic Jesus, Prophetic Church. He contends that the church today needs to hear a prophetic voice, and a good place to begin [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 100

If I had to summarize Paul’s gospel, I’d use Luke’s last scene in Acts, and I would suggest this text summarizes the missional theology of Paul in the Book of Acts: 28:30 Paul lived there two whole years in his own rented quarters and welcomed all who came to him, 28:31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 99

Paul gets to explain his gospel to the Jewish community in Rome, and here’s what he said: 28:23 They set a day to meet with him, and they came to him where he was staying in even greater numbers. From morning until evening he explained things to them, testifying about the kingdom of God and trying [Read More…]