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...]

Methodist Cross

Of all the crosses I see on churches, I like the Methodist cross the best: a cross, an empty cross, with the sign of the Spirit surrounding it. Can it get more complete? You computer folk could do better than I, but here is a link to one. [Read more...]

Methodist Cross

Of all the crosses I see on churches, I like the Methodist cross the best: a cross, an empty cross, with the sign of the Spirit surrounding it. Can it get more complete? You computer folk could do better than I, but here is a link to one. [Read more...]

I promise not to blog

I promise not to blog (much) about the gospel in the immediate future, but it is a topic so central to what we do (and believe) that it deserved some attention. On top of its importance, I’m trying to give Embracing Grace a bit of a context. The gospel is easy to distort and I [Read More...]

I promise not to blog

I promise not to blog (much) about the gospel in the immediate future, but it is a topic so central to what we do (and believe) that it deserved some attention. On top of its importance, I’m trying to give Embracing Grace a bit of a context. The gospel is easy to distort and I [Read More...]

What is the gospel? The Elements of the gospel

We’ve been visiting family in New Hampshire this weekend where we had a wonderful time. My niece attends the University of New Hampshire, and we went with her parents; we stayed in a B&B in York Village near the coast. Lots of fun and always nice to have a cup of chowda for lunch. I [Read More...]

What is the gospel? The Elements of the gospel

We’ve been visiting family in New Hampshire this weekend where we had a wonderful time. My niece attends the University of New Hampshire, and we went with her parents; we stayed in a B&B in York Village near the coast. Lots of fun and always nice to have a cup of chowda for lunch. I [Read More...]

What is the gospel? No Logo and Packaging

On my way to my doctor for an annual physical this morning I got to thinking about this “No Logo” gospel, and that some have commented back that “No Logo” is as much about “branding” as anything, and that the No Logo argument takes on that culture as false. The gospel of embracing grace, if [Read More...]


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