May 16, 2008

Show the difference

Posted in Commentary, Sin and Grace, Theology, Uncategorized at 2:08 pm by Matt Porter

It’s time to wrap up my thoughts on the gospel, at least for the time being. I probably have too much to fit into this post, but I’m going to try to pare it down to something less than novel-length.

So, apparently there are plenty of bad ways to give the gospel. What exactly should we do, then?

Number one: Live honestly. Stop sounding like we totally get this God thing, or like we never have any doubts about it, or like we have the life down pat. Admit that we’re fundamentally broken people, not somehow better people just because we’re saved. Be frank about our failings. And be able, in spite of all that, to express our faith that God is somehow working in us. Because the gospel is less about dramatic outward change than gradual inward change. More »

March 17, 2008

The Gospel for the Church

Posted in Sin and Grace, The Basics, Theology at 4:49 pm by Matt Porter

ItIsFinished(This is yet another stop along the way to my ideas on gospel presentation.)

Here’s the working definition I’ll be using during the rest of these posts; see my last post for a more detailed approach to it:

gos-pel (n.): God’s plan for the redemption of all creation, especially mankind, accomplished through the incarnation, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ

Does the Church, the Body of Christ, need the gospel? The answer to this question determines how we shape our ministry to each other and how we view our place in God’s plan. More »

February 8, 2008

Thou hast not done, for I have more

Posted in Sin and Grace at 10:38 pm by Matt Porter

UglyCigarettes

Sin is ugly.

Sin defaces all that God created and called Very Good. It defiles our souls. It pollutes our minds.

Sin corrupts us, slowly, silently seeping, delving deeper. It quietly creeps, pushing past our most determined defenses.

Sin is caustic, corrosive, controlling. It feasts and feeds on pride, on preening, prating fools all supremely safe, secure, needing nothing. More »