The Explicit Gospel

Do People Truly Understand the Gospel? As a biblical counselor in private practice in the Bible belt, I have the privilege of extolling to individuals, couples, families, and teenagers every day the beauty of the gospel of Christ and its profound, life changing implications for their lives. And, sadly, what I am learning is that … Continue reading The Explicit Gospel

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Please Save! From What?

On that first Palm Sunday, Jesus rode into Jerusalem to cries of, "Please save!" ("Hosanna!"). (Matthew 21:1-11) Within days, many of those same people were crying, "Crucify him!". (Matthew 27:22-23) The palm branches that they waved at Jesus were symbols of military victory and nationalistic power, but Jesus rode in on a donkey - a … Continue reading Please Save! From What?

This is a review of one of my favorite books on the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. I am reblogging it this year for Easter week. I hope you enjoy it.

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Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus, by one of my favorite New Testament scholars and theologians, Dr. D.A. Carson is a great read for Holy Week, or anytime.  Dr. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School since 1978, has penned over 50 books.  In Scandalous, Carson has written a work on the cross and the resurrection suitable for individual or small group study, as well as meditation and reflection on the central events of our faith.  He has written with characteristic depth of insight and wisdom.  The chapters of the book are actually a collection of sermons preached by Dr. Carson at Mars Hill Church’s Bible Conference in 2008.

One of my favorite chapters of the book, Chapter 4, is an exposition John 11, Jesus’ raising of Lazarus from the dead.  Carson, in reference to Lazarus of Bethany in John 11:3, and other passages…

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Awakening to the Gospel

Ray Ortlund begins his foreword to Jared C. Wilson's Gospel Wakefulness like this: What is the spiritual future of our churches? If our future is going to be better than our present, we have to change. How does change happen? Not by our own brilliance or willpower. Not even by agreement with the gospel. We … Continue reading Awakening to the Gospel

Proclaiming and Living Out the Gospel

I wrestled to find a suitable title for my review of Darrin Patrick and Matt Carter's new book, For The City. Obviously, I decided ultimately that their subtitle, "Proclaiming and Living Out the Gospel," was the most appropriate description of this book. For The City is the story of two church planters who, by God's … Continue reading Proclaiming and Living Out the Gospel

Enormous Sin, Extravagant Gospel

Is the Christian life about doing more and trying harder, or is about resting in what Christ has already done? Is it about your performance for God, or His performance for you? The answers to those questions reveal whether you are trusting in a false gospel of "Christianity And" or the gospel of biblical Christianity … Continue reading Enormous Sin, Extravagant Gospel

The Gospel in the Here and Now

What causes people who have experienced God’s forgiveness from past sins and who trust in a glorious future with Him in Heaven to lead what the apostle Peter describes as “ineffective or unfruitful” lives (2 Peter 1:8) in between? Why do I, in my struggle against sin, often find myself trying to perfect by the … Continue reading The Gospel in the Here and Now