Searching the Scriptures for the Good News

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Earlier this Fall I preached a message at Blanchard Alliance Church called “Searching the Scriptures for the Good News.”

The sermon was the start of our series “What is the Gospel.” Although a few brief clips of the message have already been posted online, I’ve had a number of requests for the full video. So here you go…the entire 43 minutes. I hope you find the message helpful and feel free to pass it along.

  • Leonard Wathen

    What a great message – I’m a Catholic who was introduced to your work through Phil Vischer’s podcast (Catholics like talking veggies, too…) I’ve listened to the podcast and followed your blog with great fascination, because I am consistently in awe at the similarity between the renewal of evangelicalism for which I hear you calling and the renewal that I’ve seen in Catholicism since the Second Vatican Council, particularly under the leadership of Pope Benedict XVI.

    Consider, for example, the similarity of your reflections with one particular chapter in Pope Benedict XVI’s trilogy “Jesus of Nazareth.” In the first volume, Chapter Three, Benedict XVI reflects on “The Gospel of the Kingdom of God.” He begins by dissecting the word evangelion, saying, “This term figures in the vocabulary of the Roman emperors, who understood themselves as lords, saviors, and redeemers of the world…. When the Evangelists adopt this word, and it thereby becomes the generic name for their writings, what they mean to tell us is this: What the emperors, who pretend to be gods, illegitimately claim, really occurs here…” He goes on to say, “The core content of the Gospel is this: The Kingdom of God is at hand… Jesus himself is the Kingdom; the Kingdom is not a thing, it is not a geographical dominion like worldly kingdoms. It is a person; it is he.” Pope Benedict XVI then outlines some of the theological notions of the “kingdom of God” that have circulated among both Catholics and Protestants in the past two centuries, dismissing those that do not really have God at their center, and arguing instead that the kingdom of God is essentially the lordship of God in Jesus Christ over all of creation.

    I think that you’d really enjoy the trilogy, which is really a thorough study of the Gospels by a biblical scholar who happens to be pope. If you’re interested in a copy of the first volume of the trilogy, I’d be glad to send you one.

  • Dana Orlando

    You are so gifted!! Love your stuff