Gospel and church

In my two lectures (MP3) at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, I addressed the gospel and the church. But I must say this: GRTS, under the careful eyes of both President Doug Fagerstrom and Peter Osborn, know how to do things right. This was a first-rate conference for local pastors and students. [Read more...]

Politics and the Church

The NY Times article on Greg Boyd’s church in Minneapolis is catching attention. Why? (Below.) [Read more...]

Politics and the Church

The NY Times article on Greg Boyd’s church in Minneapolis is catching attention. Why? (Below.) [Read more...]

More on Sin

My friend Joel Green recommended that I read Ted Peters’ Sin: Radical Evil in Soul and Society and I’m glad for Joel’s suggestion. This is a really fine theological and soul-ish analysis of sin. There is a pastoral element to the entire book, and it is loaded with story and excellent quotations. What do you [Read More...]

The Gospel of Grace

In 1:1 of Romans Paul tells us he is devoted to, or set apart unto, the “gospel of God.” What is the gospel? It might be good today for us to look at this term in Romans. We’ll look at “gospel” (euaggelion) and “preaching the gospel” (euaggelizo). [Read more...]

Risen Indeed!

The Lutheran church across the street from us has an annual Easter weekend custom: on Good Friday they station Roman soldiers outside the grave, they stay there all weekend, and then on Easter morning Jesus gets up from the grave and walks outside. Here are the soldiers guarding the tomb on Holy Saturday. [Read more...]

Loving the Other-ed One

Way back in November, I shut down a series on the Sermon on the Mount to get ready for Advent and Christmas. Today I want to resume that series. Today we look at Matthew 5:43-48. Most know this passage as the “love your enemies” passage. Good term, but the “enemy” is almost surely the “Gentile” [Read More...]

The Gospel and the Next-Wave

Charlie Wear has posted my thoughts about the gospel at Next-Wave. And very, very nice graphics along the way. [Read more...]

A Summons called Sermon on the Mount

I’ve spent my academic life teaching the Sermon on the Mount in one way or another. Most of those who read the Sermon the Mount (=SoM) see it as the Ethics (or Morals) of Jesus or they classify it as the Discipleship teachings of Jesus. Since redemption and discipleship are often seen as two distinct [Read More...]

Salvation vs. Discipleship

For a long time in my teaching career I have worked with these two terms (salvation vs. discipleship), especially when it came to the teachings of Jesus on ethics. It permits good discussion about both the gospel and “the bottom line.” I’ve given up these two terms as a template through which I process the [Read More...]