July 23, 2018

Hate Religion? Love Jesus?

Jefferson Bethke has certainly received a lot of attention for his video, “Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus, which went viral on YouTube last week (over 10 million views). In it, he raps a poem expressing a common evangelical perspective: Christianity is not a religion but a relationship. In fact, Jesus came to abolish […]

David Lose on “The Absurdity of Christmas”

David Lose holds The Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, where he also serves as the Director of the Center for Biblical Preaching. David led the creative team that developed Working Preacher, one of my favorite resources on the Internet. There he writes a weekly column on the upcoming lectionary texts. He […]

The Magnificat vs. Today’s Gospel (3)

Today we conclude our posts on Mary’s Magnificat. In the first post, we contrasted Mary’s song with the “soterian” gospel that focuses primarily (if not solely) on personal salvation. In contrast, we affirmed that in the Magnificat, “Mary proclaims the Gospel. As we will see, it is no mere ‘personal plan of salvation,’ no ‘steps’ […]

The Magnificat vs. Today’s Gospel (2)

Today, I had marvelous conversation with an African-American woman who had grown up in Mississippi, moved to Indianapolis, whose family had relocated to other rust-belt cities like Chicago and Detroit in the 1960’s and 70’s. She could talk about picking cotton, participating in civil rights marches, employers who were members of the Ku Klux Klan, […]

Contradicting the World’s Propaganda

Long before I read N.T. Wright and other contemporary authors, my eyes were opened to what Scot McKnight calls “The King Jesus Gospel” through the work of the great Roman Catholic Biblical scholar, Raymond E. Brown. His two little books, A Coming Christ in Advent, and An Adult Christ at Christmas, though considered “liberal” by […]

The Magnificat vs. Today’s Gospel (1)

Scot McKnight ran a post earlier today called, “Justin Holcomb and the Soterian Gospel.” In it, he commented on a piece by one of the pastors at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, designed to answer the question, “What Is the Gospel?” McKnight rightly commends Holcomb for an excellent presentation of a certain kind of “Gospel” […]

Good News is Just the Beginning

Over the past decade, a cottage industry has grown and and is now flourishing among American Christian leaders and teachers that has focused on defining the Gospel. Many factors account for this. We live in a decidedly non-doctrinaire age, and the “Gospel” discussion has formed in response to that. Through the influence of the church […]

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 […]