The Gospel Is not Everything

The Gospel Is not Everything

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IMG_9540The gospel is not everything. By this I mean to say that the gospel isn’t necessarily this message of the holiness of God and sin (and indeed it is not). It is not the message of heaven (though that may be a result). The gospel is much more focused than that. Pure and simple, the gospel is the euangelion, the good news, the news that is better than anything else we have ever heard. It is not…

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Hillsong and Evangelical Inconsistency

Hillsong is amazingly popular in Evangelical circles which have a focus on contemporary music and sometimes a sort of concert like air about worship services.

Hillsong and Evangelical Inconsistency

Hillsong is amazingly popular in Evangelical circles which have a focus on contemporary music and sometimes a sort of concert like air about worship services.


Growing up in a post 9/11 world

Growing up in a post 9/11 world

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am American and I am just old enough to have remembered the events surrounding 9/11 (which are now closer to the fall of the Soviet Union than today) and the world I live in has been shaped by this pivotal moment, even if I may not be one of the many who have lost loved ones or friends on that fateful day 13 years ago. These events have shaped, and continue to shape America and the world and…

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Longing for the Justice of God

Longing for the Justice of God

How long, O Lord? Wilt thou forget me for ever?
How long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
How long must I bear pain in my soul,
and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
—Psalm 13.1-2 (RSV)

I don’t think I’ve really understood longing for the justice of God until this last week. As people we are confronted with things that cross our eyes and ears each…

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I don’t want to be Christian

I don’t want to be Christian

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EucharistThe more I understand Christianity and Christ the more that I don’t want to be Christian, and yet the more I can’t help myself from being so. Christianity is about grace, it is about how a God who is love has provided a means for a wayward people to come back to himself in the person of Christ. However, it’s not just grace, a grace we so often like to focus on, it is also discipleship and it is…

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God Became Man so that We Might Be Made God

God Became Man so that We Might Be Made God

The Son of God was made man so that we might be made God
Athanasius, On the Incarnation §54

When I first heard this astounding quote I was repulsed and revolted by the idea that man might become God. Christianity is, after all, not polytheistic. We are at our core monotheistic and the very idea what we might be made God hearkens to a sort of pantheism that is just not what Christianity is. And…

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Faith and Obedience

Recently I have been reading Bonhoeffer’s Cost of Discipleship where Bonhoeffer talks about the nature and meaning of true Christian discipleship—the purpose of Christianity. Reading it, I was most struck by how Bonhoeffer frames the relationship between works and faith.

only he who believes is obedient, and only he who is obedient believes.

Thinking more about this, I think this small phrase…

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Let’s stop calling the ESV a literal translation

Let’s stop calling the ESV a literal translation

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imageThe Bible is the most important text in Christianity and people grow attached to whatever version they do use. I most often use the ESV Bible (though not really on this blog which tends towards NRSV) because it is the Bible I find at once most accessible, somewhat familiar, and used by those around me. I use it because it is in a line of translations that stems from the one I grew up with, the…

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Race, and the Gospel

Race, and the Gospel

800px-US_Navy_100911-F-3682S-033_Fire_Controlman_1st_Class_Andrew_Eden,_right,_and_French_Army_Sgt._Lydia_Briand_prepare_to_raise_the_American_Flag_at_KaIn this last month, a formerly quiet community has taken the headlines after the shooting of Michael Brown. While the largest of racial unrests in America in years has largely died down to normal protesting, I still would like to explore a bit about how I think Ferguson relates to the gospel for us as Christians.

A theme of race and identity has shaped how America has always seen itself. For many…

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University and the Centrality of Faith

University and the Centrality of Faith

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Queen's University“Wisdom and Knowledge shall be the stability of thy times.” Taken from Isaiah 33.6, this small statement is the motto of my university and is supposed to be a reason for me, as a student in university, to learn about the world around me: of science and of humanities. However, this belies one important thing that we areChristians. It must always be that our Christianity comes first in all that we…

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