Christians need to hear 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 living by faith; 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 … Continue reading Christians need to hear the gospel

The gospel has many layers

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?

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?

Beautiful feet

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

The book of Deer

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

Preaching the gospel apophatically

"The limitation of theology and language, let alone of speaking about God, indicates that preaching is not just the verbal proclamation of the gospel in the pulpit but also the need for ritual, living and solidarity. It incorporates these significant elements not in a compartmentalized but in an integrative and holistic whole." Preaching The Gospel … Continue reading Preaching the gospel apophatically

What do Muslims find most difficult about Christianity?

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?

The false gospel of self righteousness

"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

Gita and Gospel

From John Nicol Farquhar, 1861-1929: "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 Gita. In the Gospels we have in historical form the authoritative utterances of the historical Jesus; in the Gita we have the imaginations of a … Continue reading Gita and Gospel

The Incomplete 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