The Written Defense of the Rev. Mehdi Dibaj Delivered to the Sari Court of Justice – Sari, Iran December 3, 1993 A born Muslim who decided to follow and serve Jesus and paid the price with his life “In the Holy Name of God who is our life and existence” With all humility I express […]
The author of Hebrews doesn’t move on from the gospel; he moves deeper into the gospel.
Don’t let your gospel-centrality become gospel reductionism.
A lot of conversations about the gospel in recent years seem to go back to whether the gospel is a proposition or a story. Several years ago, I kept hearing people pit God-man-Christ-response (proposition) against creation-fall-redemption-consummation (story). Few people—I hope—still try to make those butt heads, but recognize that they serve different purposes. More recently Scot McKnight has offered […]
Each nation and age has a unique way to express its depravity, to attack God. But none will succeed any more than the crucifixion succeeded in defeating Jesus.
There has been much conversation in evangelicalism recently about how Christians should define the gospel—whether we should say that the gospel is purely the message that sinners can be forgiven of sin through repentance and faith in the crucified Christ, or whether it is something broader. The conversation has gotten pointed, if not heated, at times, with those in one camp […]
Some people are really uncomfortable with contextualization, even though we all do it and benefit from it all the time. What is it, anyway?…well here’s one definition…Contextualization is “the attempt to communicate the message of the person, works, Word, and will of God in a way that is faithful to God’s revelation…and that is […]
About a year ago, a group of us at 9Marks decided to meet together semi-regularly to discuss that thorny bramble of a topic—the mission of the church. It’s a tough topic because it involves you in all sorts of controversial theological questions: what is the gospel; what’s the relationship of the gospel and moral […]
At the risk of redundancy with the first post in this series, here’s an excerpt from something I wrote which explores a little more deeply this question of whether and how both words and deeds are “necessary.” The excerpt comes from Reverberation: How God’s Word Gives Light, Freedom, and Action to His People which should be […]
Here’s part 1 of this series, and here’s part 2. Now, here’s part 3: The word “mission” gets caught up in this question about the relationships of words and deeds. Some people say that we should define “mission” narrowly—to admit only Word ministry (the Great Commission—making disciples and teaching) in its definition. Some people say that we should define […]
Let’s try to keep it simple today. We really only have three options when it comes to talking with Muslims about the gospel and Islam. Since Islam typically includes culture, religion, politics, and even economics, it can seem like a huge wall between us and our Muslim friends and acquaintances. Here are our options: Knock […]
Few questions are as pressing for Christians as “Does God’s love for me change when I disobey?”
How can we better prepare ourselves to evangelize those who believe the prosperity gospel?
Love the gospel, protect it, and guard it. And for the love of all things good and holy, please stop sending missionaries if they don’t.