October 19, 2017

IM Book Review: Counterfeit Gospels

By Chaplain Mike In my opinion, Counterfeit Gospels: Rediscovering the Good News in a World of False Hope, by Trevin Wax, represents the best kind of thinking and presentation that evangelicalism has to offer the broader church today at a level that pastors and serious laypeople can appreciate and find useful. It is written in […]

The Gospel: Jesus Instead of Us

By Chaplain Mike It was my plan to review Trevin Wax’s book, Counterfeit Gospels: Rediscovering the Good News in a World of False Hope, here today. However, we are traveling in Chicago this weekend and other events prevented me from being able to complete my full review. I will post it tomorrow afternoon instead. For […]

iMonk Classic: The “Absent Gospel” Series (2)

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Series from Nov, 2009 As part of our “Gospel Week” emphasis, we are reviewing Michael Spencer’s series on “My Strange Experiences with an Absent Gospel” from November of 2009. Today, parts three and four. • • • My Strange Experiences With An Absent Gospel: Gospel Articulations (Part 3) I’ve […]

iMonk Classic: The “Absent Gospel” Series (1)

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Series from Nov, 2009 For the next two days, we will review Michael Spencer’s series on “My Strange Experiences with an Absent Gospel” from November of 2009. The original series was in four parts, but we will condense our replay into two posts. Today, we look at parts one […]

The Gospel: My Personal Testimony

By Chaplain Mike Though evangelicals of most stripes disdain the word “traditions,” they like all people have many of them. One salutary Gospel tradition they maintain is that of the personal testimony. In the churches and groups I have been involved with, every believer was encouraged to have one. Each Christian should be able to […]

The Gospel: What the Torah Says about Faith vs. the Works of the Law

By Chaplain Mike “Then [Abraham] believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:6, NASB) “…Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws.” (Genesis 26:5) “But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, ‘Because you have not believed Me, to treat Me as holy […]

The Gospel: The Message of the Torah (1)

By Chaplain Mike The teacher to whom I owe my deepest debt of gratitude for giving me tools to help me read the Bible and for opening my eyes to its Gospel message from beginning to end is Dr. John Sailhamer. He was my professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School […]

The Gospel: Its Biblical Context

By Chaplain Mike One challenge in communicating the Gospel concisely lies in squaring its simplicity with the fact that it is contained in the Bible — a vast library of 66 books that is a complex work, composed of ancient materials. One can find, for example simple summary statements of the Gospel like John 3:16: […]

Gospel Week: Let’s discuss some definitions

By Chaplain Mike This week our focus will be on The Gospel. You might think Christians would have this one nailed down, but many conversations continue in the church today about the definition and nature of the biblical Gospel. For example, I am looking forward to reading Scot McKnight’s upcoming book, The King Jesus Gospel: […]