What is the Gospel?

The Two Hopes

“Father, thy word is past, man shall find grace” — John Milton, Paradise Lost I feel the seasons in my bones. They come. They go. Each passing season deposits its residue—memories, laughter, disappointments—fashioning layers like leaves. Those are the seasons of...

Raised With Christ: Your Easter Story

Colossians 3:1-3, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with...

4 Crucial Truths the Gospel Presents

The Gospel in Romans 1–4 One of the best places to start looking for a basic explanation of the gospel is Paul’s letter to the Romans. Perhaps more clearly than any other book of the Bible, Romans contains a deliberate, step-by-step expression of what Paul understood...

Christ the Divine Son

John 1:1-4- “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He...

The Vertical Dimensions of the Cross

The Vertical Dimensions of the Cross

Editor’s Note: This post is part of a series on the atonement. The Scriptures give us a robust revelation about all that Jesus accomplished on the cross. As we go about seeking to categorize all of the various dimensions of the cross, we discover that there are both...

Why Is the Substitutionary Atonement Essential?

Why Is the Substitutionary Atonement Essential?

Editor’s Note: This is the first post in a series on the atonement.During the first decade of the twenty-first century, a number of prominent leaders in the emerging church movement asserted that the doctrine of substitutionary atonement is tantamount to “cosmic child...

Salvation According to His Word

Salvation According to His Word

Psalm 119:41, "Let Your mercies come also to me, O LORD— Your salvation according to Your word.” Notice that this stanza in Psalm 119:41-48 begins with a request. It begins with a cry for the mercies (or steadfast love) of Yahweh. And the Psalmist seems to know that...

I Thirst

I Thirst

At the crossroads of history, Jesus hung nailed to a cross. The loss of blood from the beating alone would have killed most men, but this was no ordinary man. This was the Son of God, and His death was ordained in covenant with His Father. The crowds gathered around...

Joy in the Journey

Joy in the Journey

Introduction to The Reading The Psalms, from Psalm 120 to 134, are the sacred songs that the Hebrew people sang as they went up to Jerusalem for the three worship feasts of the year.[1] Concerning authorship, David wrote Psalm 122, 124, 131, and 133. Solomon wrote...