I’ve listened to this lecture more than once over the last couple of years, and listened to it again this morning at the prompting of a friend. It’s worth a listen…<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/16714049″>Dr. Rod Rosenbladt on “The Gospel For Those Broken By The Church”</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/faithcapo”>Faith Lutheran Church</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
Below is an excerpt from a sermon by Michael Spencer reposted on the Internet Monk yesterday. Even though he is almost 3 years deceased, Michael is still one of my favorite bloggers.
The sermon starts with a quote from atheist Sam Harris, and goes on to explain just how Harris is on to something when he says Christian belief is outrageous. We need to regain some of that outrage.
There is, in fact, no worldview more reprehensible in its arrogance than that of a religious believer: the creator of the universe takes an interest in me, approves of me, loves me, and will reward me after death; my current beliefs, drawn from scripture, will remain the best statement of the truth until the end of the world; everyone who disagrees with me will spend an eternity in hell. An average Christian, in an average church, listening to an average Sunday sermon has achieved a level of arrogance simply unimaginable in scientific discourse — and there have been some extraordinarily arrogant scientists.
– Sam Harris, Letters To A Christian Nation
Part of Michael’s response…
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”” (1 Corinthians 1:18–19, NIV84)
The words “Hurry Obi-wan Kenobi. You’re our only hope” still make me chuckle. I don’t know why, they just sound silly to me. I wonder sometimes if in our earnestness to express the value the Christian gospel in our lives if we don’t come across as sounding kind of silly too. We probably do to some people.
In my post Monday I expressed – as I usually do – that the gospel is our ultimate hope. It is our only hope. But what did I mean by this? On the surface, it might sound as if I am saying that if we could just make everyone Christians we wouldn’t have these sort of tragedies. The implication is that Christians are inherently more moral than those who are not. Continue reading
I’ve begun advocating for and teaching what I believe is a more robust resurrection theology. Modern Evangelicalism, though well-intentioned, has become obsessed with Heaven. We want to get people into it, talk about it, think about it, write songs about it, and buy lots of books written by little boys who claim to have been there.
Of course, the problem is that the Christian hope for eternity is not an eternity spent in Heaven. Our future hope is all about the resurrection into the then fully established Kingdom of God ruled by Christ when he returns. This is our future hope, but we have settled for disembodied souls existing in the spiritual place we call Heaven. To be honest, this simplified vision of eternity is not very appealing to me. But the idea that Heaven and Earth will be joined together (Revelation 21), and that our destiny is to have a physical and eternal existence on a restored Earth, well, that has real power for me. This vision provides for us both our hope for the future, and a vision for how our lives are to be right now. We are to live in light of this future hope and reality, but if that hope is false, we are the greatest of all fools.
I thought I would offer this up today from Mockingbird. Those guys over there are quickly becoming some of my favorite bloggers to read.
New York Times
Well, I have to admit that I’ve bogged down on this series of posts from Scot McKnight’s The King Jesus Gospel. I’m still trying to figure out how to blog through a book, and I fear I’ve made this one terribly boring. If you’re snoozing through it, I promise to do better next time.
In chapter five, McKnight discusses how he thinks we moved from a gospel culture (the King Jesus gospel) to a salvation culture. There is good information in that chapter, but I’ll not go through it in any detail. Suffice it to say for our purposes that a major contributor to this movement is found in the Protestant Reformation.
For today’s post from The King Jesus Gospel (full series) we continue talking about Paul’s gospel. McKnight focuses in on other passages from Paul’s writing, specifically from the book of Romans.
According to the author, the fundamental issue for Paul in Romans is not simply the personal salvation, but the problem of how God joins together Jewish believers and Gentile believers into the one church of Jesus Christ. Beginning in Romans 1:1-5, he wants to demonstrate how Paul’s understanding of the gospel fits what is said in 1 Corinthians 15.