I picked up this gospel focussed prayer from JD Greear, author of several books including Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches That Send. The Gospel Prayer In Christ, there is nothing I can do that would make You love me more, and nothing I have done that makes You love me less. Your … Continue reading Praying the Gospel
Christians need to hear the gospel as much as non-Christians. Why? 1/ Because there are plenty of people who identify as Christians who aren’t actually saved; who are Christian in name only. They need to hear the gospel. 2/ Because there are plenty of Christians whose faith is immature; who haven’t integrated the gospel into … Continue reading Christians need to hear the gospel
One of the things I find fascinating about the gospel is how it operates on a number of different levels simultaneously. The Christ. The gospel is first and foremost the story of the Christ promised by God, who entered history as Jesus of Nazareth. It tells of his life, death, resurrection, and promised return. We might … Continue reading The gospel has many layers
What did Jesus achieve? Jews at the time of Jesus expected the messiah to achieve a number to things: to defeat the enemies of Israel; to restore the Temple; to gather the exiles of Israel; and to teach the Torah to the nations. The earliest Christians, who were Jewish by and large, saw Jesus as … Continue reading What did Jesus achieve?
The prophet Isaiah once wrote: How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” I find it worth observing that the beauty of the messenger, and the goodness of the news, are … Continue reading Beautiful feet
This illustration of the four gospel writers comes from the Book of Deer, the earliest surviving example of Gaelic literature from Scotland. The Book of Deer is an illuminated Christian text, similar to the Book of Kells. It is named after the monastery of Deer and contains portions of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and … Continue reading The book of Deer
If you equate evangelical Christianity with the prosperity gospel then I highly recommend reading A Statement on the Prosperity Gospel by the Lausanne Theology Working Group. Lausanne is one of the peak bodies for the evangelical movement worldwide. It may surprise you how hard they come down on prosperity preaching.
I recently asked some Muslim friends, "What is the one thing you find most difficult or offensive about Christianity?" and whether this related to belief or behaviour. The overwealming majority answered that it was the Christian affirmation of the divinity of Jesus that they found most difficult, with many expressing their objections to trinitarian and … Continue reading What do Muslims find most difficult about Christianity?
"As we bring the gospel home to our family, we dare not do so as a self-righteous older brother. Even if our family members are out squandering their inheritance with prostitutes or wallowing in the mud with pigs, if we’re pointing to our record of good behavior while condemning their wicked ways, it will be … Continue reading The false gospel of self righteousness
"Here, then, we have the secret of that similarity which we are all so clearly conscious of, when we read a Gospel alongside of the Glta. In the Gospels we have in historical form the authoritative utterances of the historical Jesus; in the Gita we have the imaginations of a poet-philosopher who was clear-sighted enough … Continue reading Gita and Gospel
I love the incompleteness of the Gospel of Mark. It ends without ending: "Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid." (Mark 16:8) It invites us to ask, "But if they said nothing to anyone, how come we've heard of this?" Evidently, it … Continue reading The Incomplete Gospel
Even the social gospel, which made sin more of an offense against our fellow humans rather than first and foremost against God, at least recognized it as a failure to give to someone else the love and service that I owe. In the increasingly pervasive message of preachers like Osteen, however, sins become offenses I … Continue reading The Inner Poverty of Prosperity Preaching