As many of us know, Christian ministry should be firmly centered on the gospel. The power of God is found in the gospel. Yet, sometimes in our effort to be gospel-centered, “the gospel” can take on a life of its own. Sometimes if we’re not careful “the gospel” can become an abstract idea. Simply put, the gospel can be explained as good news. But, still, it’s one step removed from the substance. This is where Michael Reeves’s fantastic little book, “Rejoicing in Christ,” comes into play.
In honor of Reformation Day, we thought that we would run a post that originally appeared here two years ago. Growing up, I knew almost nothing about the Reformation. I had a vague awareness of something that some people somewhere in the church celebrated about the same time of year that I was obsessing over…Continue reading 5 Reasons We Need to Remember the Reformation
We often ask people, “Do you want the good news or the bad news?” But sometimes we have to face the bad news before we can really understand why the good news is so good. According to Daniel Strange, Lecturer in Culture, Religion, and Public Theology at Oak Hill College, that’s precisely what Paul did in his…Continue reading A Good Day to Proclaim Bad News
Repent. For many of us, that’s a rather nasty little word. It conjures images of fire-and-brimstone preachers holding their thick, black Bibles over their heads with one hand while pointing the other menacingly at the shell-shocked crowd and yelling: Repent, ye depraved sinners bound for the depths of hell. Repent before the fires of heaven…Continue reading Godly Change Requires More Than a Lane Change
I’m a big fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. But one thing always confused me. Why did he call the last book The Return of the King? If you’ve read the book or seen the movie, you know that the title refers to the fact that the kingdom of Gondor has been without…Continue reading Gollum Saves the Day