Scot McKnight: Loosening the Helmet of Salvation

What is the gospel?  I mean: What is the full, Kingdom of God-announcing, cross-centered, New Creation focused, sin-bearing, substitutionary atoning, wrath-absorbing, life-transforming, social justice-bringing gospel really about?   Scot McKnight is doing perhaps the best job I’ve ever seen in concisely and biblically recapturing the fullness of the Kingdom Gospel of Jesus that has been…

Neo-Tribalism & the Tower of Babel – Part 2

In part 1, I introduced the socio-economic philosophy of Neo-Tribalism. Wikapedia further adds that Data has pointed to a general breakdown in the social structure of modern civilization due to more frequent moves for economic reasons, longer commutes and a lack of emphasis in the media narrative on the desirability of strong friendships and community…

PHILIPPIANS 11: To Die is Gain (1:19-26)

Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as…

Neo-Tribalism & the Tower of Babel – Part 1

This is an oldie but goodie out of the Daily Illumination treasure chest from a couple years ago. Why an old post? Because Jesus says that “Every teacher who has been well trained in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as…

“To Quit or Not To Quit?” (Lindsay Swiggum)

Lindsay Swiggum, an 18-year old senior at Apple Valley High, is part of the youth group I pastor.  She recently took 1st place honors in the state speech competition in the category of “Original Oratory.”  The following is her original work that won her state.  I am very impressed with Lindsay’s writing talent — and…

ESSAY: The Church as God’s New Language

Scot McKnight at Jesus Creed is in the middle of a provocative discussion on the fuller message of the “Kingdom Gospel” found by reading the Bible as Story over and against the more popular, privatized gospel boiled down to a few abstract propositional truths pertaining to individual salvation.  McKnight pushes us to a larger, more…

PHILIPPIANS 10: The Message & the Medium (Phil 1:15-18)

It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am…