Pixelated Gospels

Intro Asking an evangelical Christian what the gospel is could be construed as a silly question. After all, who knows the gospel (the evangel) better than evangelicals? In fact, the Great Commission, interpreted as a mandate for evangelism, is perhaps a greatest commandment for evangelicals – on par with the so-called love commandments (cf. Deut […]

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A Radical Consistency: Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount

I spent much time this semester translating and reflecting on the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7). The message of Jesus is radical. We may be Christians all our lives, such that the Sermon has become so familiar to us that we miss the weight of that which he demands of us. Some examples from the […]

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Mark Driscoll and the Precedent for Polity

If you have been paying attention at all to the evangelical world in the past 24 hours or so you will probably know that the board of directors for the Acts 29 church planting network has removed Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill, the church he pastors, from their network. You can read the statement made […]

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Reception to Rampage? Reflection on Luke 4:15-30

After Jesus was baptized in the river of Jordan and started to preach the good news of the coming of the kingdom of God, he visited his hometown. He was received by God his Father. He was welcomed in Galilee. So we’d expect that he would be welcomed in his hometown. After all, the name […]

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The Good Shepherd – Thoughts on Psalm 23:1-3

Psalm 23:1-3 A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. Being a Texan could be bitter-sweet. People say that everything is big in Texas. That’s good! Yet “once upon a time” an […]

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Michael Bird, “Jesus is the Christ”

Christology, a locus of dogmatic theology, nominally signifies the centrality of the title Christ. Ironically, however, in the midst of its numerous other sub-loci, the messianic role of Jesus of Nazareth tends to become secondary in Christology. In his book, Bird attempts to recover the centrality of messiahship in Christology. Bird’s thesis is as follows. […]

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