July 22, 2018

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 […]

The Epistles Begin with the Gospel

Reading Romans (1) The Epistles Begin with the Gospel Paul, a slave of King Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for God’s good news, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the sacred writings — the good news about his son, who was descended from David’s seed in terms of flesh, and […]

“The Gospel” Discussion Continues…

“The Gospel” continues to be a lively discussion in Christian circles these days. Two good posts on by D.M. Williams add insight and fodder for further discussion: What is the Gospel?: Sola Fide, Kyrios Christos, Christus Victor? What is the Gospel?: “The Gospel” in the Gospels In his first post, Williams includes several written definitions […]

Why Is the Gospel of John so Different?

First Things First Restoring the Gospel to Primacy in the Church Part Six:  — Why Is the Gospel of John so Different? • • • “The last of the four Gospels appears among the rest in a manner reminiscent of the appearance of Melchizedek to Abraham: “without father, without mother, without genealogy” (Heb. 7:3). Everything […]