December 17, 2017

Miguel Ruiz: How Do You Become a Christian?

I feel like sometimes we begin to take the basics of our faith for granted.  Often when we get tunnel visioned on the peripheral responsibilities of our mission, the Gospel itself even gets assumed, confused, or forgotten.  But here is something I have not heard discussed in a good while:  If somebody expressed interest, or […]

Items on the List

We encounter people throughout our days and, instead of being people with hopes and dreams, despair and failures, they become items on the list… – Craig Gross I want to tell the stories this week of six of my friends. Four became Christians. Two have not. So many of your comments this past week speak […]

The Resurrected Christ at Christmas

At this season of the year, when we consider Jesus’ birth and infancy narratives in the New Testament Gospels of Matthew and Luke, and are confronted once more with the fact that they differ from one another, and that the other Gospels do not include any material at all from Jesus’ early life, we invariably […]

Now. On Earth.

Is that it? Is this the message? Is this what Jesus and the apostles announced? Are we in rehearsals? Is this prep time for the final exam? Are we taking batting practice? Is this pre-season and we’re sorting out the team, making the cuts, setting the roster? Are we humans given sixty, seventy, eighty or […]

Sharing the Gospel?

The following video shows one of the ways in which I (and a multitude of evangelicals) were taught to “share the Gospel” with non-believers. The other day I was thinking that it would make a good discussion topic here at Internet Monk if we examined a “soterian” Gospel presentation (the link will take you to […]

Robert Webber on The Theology of Evangelism in the Early Church

The late Robert Webber is best known for his writings on worship, but he thought and wrote about many areas of church life, seeking an ancient-future way forward in the post-modern age in which we live. One of his last projects was called Journey to Jesus. It represents his attempt to adapt  for today’s congregations the […]

A Structured Gospel

  “Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you.” (Mt. 28:18-20, MSG) “I am Jesus, the One you’re hunting down. I want you […]

The Horizontal Gospel (Richard Rohr)

One of the greatest contributions of those who are helping us see the fullness of the Gospel today through the New Perspective and other emphases upon the Kingdom is that they are raising our understanding of the horizontal meaning of Jesus’ work closer to the significance it holds in the New Testament. “God-centered” interpretations of […]

How I Think the Creed

The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third […]

Summarizing the Gospel (in 7 words)

I saw this the other day and then noticed Scot McKnight had picked up on it on his blog also. Over at The Christian Century, David Heim reports on an invitation the publication gave to their authors. They asked them to come up with a concise summary of the Gospel message in seven words or […]