When Salvation Hurts

[For the IVP Authors’ Lenten Blog Tour] God’s rescue operations can feel like assault operations. At times, it is hard to distinguish between salvation and affliction. A sea was parted for my family about a year and half ago. After ten years of collecting airline mileage points in hopes of me doing a PhD program…

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Captivated and Captured by Gospel Theology

I cannot get enough of it.  Theology.  I am willingly drowning in it.  I lose sleep over it.  I am sacrificing a great deal of money to learn more of it.  The “tolle lege” that rang in Augustine’s ear echoes in mine.  And the more I take up and read, the more intrigued, mystified, entranced…

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Halloween… and the Cosmic Violence of the Gospel

This is the day that Evil gets festive press.  Halloween caricatures Evil, dressing it up rather innocuously in ghostly face paint, plastic masks, fake fangs.  This is the day when it is okay to play-act as the terrifying mythical entities that, as we rationally explain to our kids, do not actually haunt the closet space. …

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Barth: The Shock of the Cosmos at the Cross of Jesus

Karl Barth on the “reversing of roles” between us and Jesus on the cross that was such an unimaginable, inconceivable feat.  Read this slowly… soberly… yet also joyfully… “…we may think of the darkness which we are told later came down at the hour of Jesus’ death (Mk 15.33), the rending of the veil of…

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Euangelion | Dysangelion (Wisdom from Barth)

“Euangelion” is the English rendering of the Greek term for Gospel.  The “eu-” prefix means “good,” and the latter part of the word means “message.”  The opposite of “eu-” is the prefix “dys-.”  I really enjoy how words work, but I supply the grammatical tidbits for the sake of appreciating these great words from Karl…

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The Gospel is Violent (but let me explain…)

“Gospel” is a violent term.  It is a term of salvation, yes… but also of destruction.  The Gospel announces the arrival of Jesus as Lord.  This arrival comes with the dual role of saving and destroying, for although “the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost” (Lk 19.10), He also came “to…

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