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Lesson 5: The Gospel According to Matthew

Lesson 5: The Gospel According to Matthew

If you only read Mark, you would think that the Gospel is primarily about God purifying his creation. That’s good news for people who unjustly suffer. However, from this perspective, it is easy to think God is a judge whose goal is to separate good from bad in order to cast out and destroy evil. […]

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Lesson 4: The Gospel According to Mark

Lesson 4: The Gospel According to Mark

I set out to examine what a community built around the Gospel would be like in our time and place. It made sense to begin by defining what the Gospel is. Last week I looked at Paul’s description. This week I want to see what Mark, the first of the four evangelists, says. I decided […]

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Lesson 3: The Gospel According to Paul

Lesson 3: The Gospel According to Paul

I’ve been messing around for days trying to come up with an academic key to what Paul means by the Gospel. I tried all the usual ones, like our Lutheran understanding that he is all about justification by faith. Each time I ended up conditioning my ideas with “yes, but…” Then I realized that everything […]

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Lesson 2: The Gospel

Lesson 2: The Gospel

The Gospel is like the breath we Christians draw into our bodies. It gives us life. It permeates everything we do, every decision we make, every word we speak. Yet, it is difficult to grasp. I am writing this series as I have written every series— to discover who I am, what I believe, and […]

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Lesson 1: The Gospel Community

Lesson 1: The Gospel Community

There has always been some controversy about the nature of the church. When I entered the ministry about 60 years ago, an Evangelical pastor friend of mine described the controversy as  a tension between those who see the mission as calling people to accept Jesus’ offer of eternal life against those who try to provide […]

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