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What The Gospel Is & Why We Should Believe It, Part 7

Throughout this blog series I have been arguing that Paul clearly identifies the essence of the Christian gospel in 1 Corinthians 15. But his discussion of what the gospel entails is presented in a summary form only and is certainly not exhaustive. For example, though he writes elsewhere about propitiation (Rom 3:25), imputed righteousness (Rom […]

What The Gospel Is & Why We Should Believe It, Part 6

Not long ago I watched a television documentary that dismissed the Gospels because “believers with a religious agenda” wrote them. Is this a good reason to dismiss the Gospel accounts? Both prosecutors and defense attorneys have agendas, and yet we don’t dismiss them on that basis. Rather, we are told to examine the evidence, to […]

What The Gospel Is & Why We Should Believe It, Part 5

Now let’s take a closer look at verses 5-6 of 1 Corinthians 15. In particular, pay close attention to the sequence of events listed here. First the text says Jesus appeared to Cephas (which is the Aramaic equivalent of Petros, the form of Peter’s name that we would expect to find in an early Christian […]

What The Gospel Is & Why We Should Believe It, Part 4

As we saw in the last post in this series, Paul argues in 1 Corinthians 15 that Christ’s death and resurrection on the third day is the basic substance of the Christian gospel. Everything that had happened to Jesus was, Paul argued, “in accordance with the scriptures.” But where in the pages of the Old […]

What The Gospel Is & Why We Should Believe It, Part 3

Scholars have noticed that the information Paul passes on in 1 Corinthians 15 is presented in a stylized format. Paul appears to be using the form of parallelism, which is often used as an aid to memorization. 1Cor. 15:3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died […]

What The Gospel Is & Why We Should Believe It, Part 2

1 Cor. 15:1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you – unless you believed in vain. In this amazing text, Paul starts out by […]

What The Gospel Is & Why We Should Believe It, Part 1

There seems to be a lot of confusion today about what the gospel is. There are the obviously crass examples on display at Christian and secular bookstores everywhere, encouraging us all to have our “best life now” or, more recently, to Have a New You by Friday. But there are also others in our time […]

Should we open Congress with prayer?

Brian Lee, former White Horse Inn staff member and current pastor of Christ United Reformed Church in Washington D.C., recently penned a provocative piece for The Daily Caller on the topic of whether ministers of the gospel should offer a prayer before congress. ┬áHe wrestled with this issue for some time after he was recently […]

Forgive Us Our Debts

Chris Cox and Bill Archer have written an unsettling piece for the Wall Street Journal about the sobering reality of the US Debt. Though some may be familiar with the $16 trillion figure, there are few who realize that this is actually just the tip of the iceberg. According to the article, the true number […]

NPR story on Truth, History & Wikipedia

This is a fascinating story from NPR’s Morning Edition this morning. Lot’s of implications on a host of issues related to our view of truth and history in a Wikipedia age. 7 mins long, well worth your time… Wikipedia Politicizes Landmark Historical Event