A Gospel that Sets Us Free! The Apocalyptic Gospel

In a previous post I grabbed Douglas Campbell’s detailed, analytical outline of what he calls “Justification Theory,” a view of the gospel that is shaped by a kind of merits and credits (though in divine reckoning), and today I want to grab the theory he thinks Paul adhered to, a more liberation gospel, one that [Read More...]

An Old Idea Returns

I was talking with a pastor not that long ago who told me the most intense problem in their church fellowship was what he called an evangelical kind of “pietism,” which term for him described those who come to church, are good people, but who want to be left alone as they are and not [Read More...]

Paul’s Big Gospel (by John Frye)

I have not seen Romans 2:16 quoted in any of the popular soterian gospels that populate the landscape of American evangelicalism. The Apostle Paul wrote, “This will take place on the day when God will judge men’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.” With the anemic reductions in the Gospel of the kingdom [Read More...]

NT Wright’s Holy Impatience

When it comes to the meaning of biblical terms — like gospel, kingdom, heaven — not a few of us can get irritated and clearly a recent example of yet one more attempt to correct the church and to get the church back on track is N.T. Wright’s chapter “Distorted and Competing Gospels” in his [Read More...]

Surprised by King Jesus

Maybe N.T Wright’s best title yet is Surprised by Hope, that word “surprise” giving Wright not a few opportunities to provide the shocking news of the gospel with that word “surprised.” So chp 3 in Simply Good News is called “Surprised by King Jesus.” Which is his way of setting up the reality of Jesus in [Read More...]

Simply Good News: NT Wright’s New Book

C.S. Lewis sketched “mere” Christianity in those famous radio talks after World War 2 and the literary deposit, Mere Christianity, has shaped the mind of many of us. Then along came John Stott who “evangelicalized” Lewis’ book in his book Basic Christianity. Then along came England’s third contributor to this basics discussion with Simply Christian, followed by Simply Jesus [Read More...]

Jesus as the Means, the “Good Fairy”

In a letter from Franz Ernst Pfisterer to his former seminary professor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Pfisterer reflects on DB’s critical observations about a sermon Pfisterer sent to him for critique. Evidently Bonhoeffer pushed against something in the sermon that made Jesus the means. I have been arguing for sometime that the soterian gospel, the gospel that [Read More...]

The Gospel and Global Warming (RJS)

Jonathan Moo and Robert White in Let Creation Rejoice: Biblical Hope and Ecological Crisis turn from the evidence for environmental crisis and global warming to a Christian response.  There are plenty of secular people who think that the Christian response (at least the evangelical response) is consumption and destruction. Others simply think we have our [Read More...]

Repairing the World: Tikkun Olam

What if we take this sentence in its full force: “Jesus is the Savior of the world”? Yes, some balk because “Savior” conjures up some goofy experiences, manipulative to be accurate, with salvation messages and gospel invitations and talking Savior means not talking Lord, and talking Savior means no kingdom but heaven-when-we-die. OK, I get [Read More...]

The Gospel and the Nones

Here is a fact: the median church size in America is now at 108 (down from 140). Churches are shrinking, the Nones are rising. So, James Emery White asks in his book The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated, how do we close the gap between churches shrinking and the Nones rising? [Read More...]


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