December 18, 2017

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 […]

God Visits and Saves His People (Luke – 2)

First Things First Restoring the Gospel to Primacy in the Church Part Five:  — God Visits and Saves His People (Luke-2) • • • We continue our overview of Luke’s Gospel. The Structure of Luke Luke is the longest book in the NT. However, the overall structure of the book is simple and clear. It […]

God Visits and Saves His People (Luke – 1)

First Things First Restoring the Gospel to Primacy in the Church Part Five:  — God Visits and Saves His People (Luke-1) • • • Jesus-shaped Christianity will grow out of the soil of a Story-shaped Gospel. The more we immerse ourselves in the Story and get to know the Gospels, the greater the impact the […]

Best Quote Ever?

I’m looking forward to spending some time with Peter Enns later today at the Pastorum Conference. In preparation, I took a look at his blog to see what he’s been writing about, and found this stunning quote from D.M. Williams. He has been running a series of articles on the Creed that Enns has been […]

Savior of the Suffering (Mark)

First Things First Restoring the Gospel to Primacy in the Church Part Four:  Savior of the Suffering — Mark Jesus-shaped Christianity will grow out of the soil of a Story-shaped Gospel. The more we immerse ourselves in the Story and get to know the Gospels, the greater the impact the Gospel of King Jesus will […]

The Torah of Jesus (Matthew)

First Things First Restoring the Gospel to Primacy in the Church Part Three: The Torah of Jesus — Matthew • • • Jesus-shaped Christianity will grow out of the soil of a Story-shaped Gospel. The more we immerse ourselves in the Story and get to know the Gospels, the greater the impact the Gospel of […]

Getting to Know the Gospel Better

First Things First Restoring the Gospel to Primacy in the Church Part Two: Getting to Know the Gospel Better – Introduction • • • “It may be patently obvious, but it’s not to most: they called these books ‘the Gospels’ because they are the gospel.” (Scot McKnight, The King Jesus Gospel). I suggested in last […]

First Things First, part one

First Things First Restoring the Gospel to Primacy in the Church Part One: Some Books Are More Important than Others • • • Some books of the Bible are more important than others. This is not a matter of inspiration. Most of us know 2Timothy 3:16-17 — “All scripture is inspired by God and is […]