You might know the quote attributed to Francis of Assisi: Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary. You might also have heard that he didn’t exactly said that. The quote comes up for discussion because sometimes we’re concerned that words, and gospel preaching, might be downplayed. But […]
I’ve been talking with Stephanie who is starting some research into what makes ‘integral mission’, the idea that gospel proclamation and social action must go together. What is integral mission in biblical terms? What might it actually look like, and what are the implications?
In the last post, I asked whether NTE had the right balance of what the gospel is. In this post, I ask whether it had the right balance of what we should do with that gospel.
What is the gospel? Is it Jesus as saviour or Jesus as Lord? The cross or the resurrection? Salvation from wrath or a glorious new hope? Well, it’s all of the above, isn’t it? Don Carson noted in his second talk that Paul’s definition of the gospel has a focus […]
The theme for this year’s NTE was ‘Entrusted with the Gospel’, with Don Carson as the keynote speaker (though Richard Chin opened and closed the conference). The first thing to say is that The Don was heaps better than when I saw him in Melbourne earlier this year. He was […]
We recently had a look at contextualisation with David Williams (spotted here). In this post, I want to raise further questions about how we go about crossing cultures…
This year at college I wrote an essay for Church History on the Gnostic and canonical Gospels. While it’s an interest area for me, I continue to be amazed by how often it comes up in pop culture and general conversations with all kinds of people. So I thought maybe […]