Good News for the Unwanted Exclusion, expulsion, alienation, and forsakenness—these were major themes in the ancient Jewish world. The “impure” could be expelled from the community. The carcasses of sacrificed animals had to be burned outside the camp. The scapegoat was sent out “to a remote area.” To be “inside” was to be pure, wanted, loved, at home, and alive. To be “outside” was to be dirty, unwanted, despised, outcast, and left to die. Unwanted babies of the ancient Near East were often left outside the city to die. Ezekiel picks up on this travesty to describe the Jews like...Read More
Category: What is the Gospel?
The English word “gospel” is an approximation of the Greek word εὐαγγέλιον (euangelion) which means “good news” (Friberg). While it is presently in vogue to refer to the whole Bible, or at least salvation history, as “the gospel,” this term is probably best reserved for the specific work of God in Christ—his incarnation, his words, his works, his suffering and death, his resurrection, his ascension to the right hand of the Father, and his eternal reign as King and High Priest—all of which he did in glad submission to his Father, for the glory of his Father, and for...Read More
It doesn’t make much sense to celebrate the coming of Christ into the world without acknowledging the very reason He came. He came to earth to save us from our sins and give us eternal life. It would be a tragedy to enjoy the presents, food, time with family and friends, and everything else and miss out on the real point of it all. So if you haven’t already, it makes sense to let Christmas be a time for turning to God. It is very simple to do so. You just need to recognize that your greatest need in...Read More
The word gospel has experienced a bit of a resurgence of late. All one has to do is take a walk. down the aisle of their favorite Christian bookstore or go to their favorite blogger’s website to see this term utilized in seemingly every book or blog post title. We are encouraged to be “Gospel-Centered”, “Gospel-Driven”, “Gospel-Focused”, to “preach the gospel”, “love the gospel”, and to “not be ashamed of the gospel”. Trust me this is just a small snippet of the many ways gospel is used in titles and conversation. I have no qualms with any of that...Read More
Nothing serves to strengthen our faith so much as seeing the various patterns which God has woven into the pages of Scriptures in order to form a beautiful tapestry of His redeeming grace in Christ. It is not uncommon for theologians to refer to the meta-narrative, or the story of Scripture, as they seek to highlight the organic Christological connectivity of God’s revelation in the Bible. Over the years, I’ve sought to share some of the biblical-theological insights that I have gleaned from Scripture and from many of the great theologians of church history. While there are so many...Read More