How do you understand the Trinity? How do you explain it? Fred Sanders talks about why he wrote The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything.
Archive for May, 2011
By Dane Ortlund
After all, after 2,000 years, don’t we know by now what the gospel is? Haven’t we “been-there-done-that”? Why do we need one book after another on the same old topic?
- Because the gospel is “of first importance” (1 Cor 15:3). In describing his ministry—a ministry that communicated “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27)—Paul described it as testifying “to the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24).
- Because you’re going to roll out of bed tomorrow a functional Pharisee. The instincts beneath your instincts, the impulses way down deep inside you, are law, not gospel. A good night’s sleep, not a heretical sermon, is all it takes to forget the gospel of grace.
- Because the gospel is disputed and debated today. What is the gospel? What are the implications of the gospel? What is the relationship between the gospel and the kingdom of God? How does the gospel relate to growth in godliness? What is the connection between the gospel and community? These questions need answers from different people, with different voices and different backgrounds, who love the same gospel.
- Because the church is always one generation away from losing the gospel. Every generation must rediscover the glories of free grace for itself.
- Because for every book exulting in or explaining or defending the gospel, a hundred more roll off the press which, wittingly or unwittingly, distract us from that which is of first importance.
- Because the gospel is the central message of the entire Bible. Jesus said that even Moses was writing, ultimately, about him (John 5:46). The last verse of the Bible sums up the core message of the Bible: “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen” (Rev. 22:21).
The gospel is the scandalous news that through the death and resurrection of Jesus, our disobedience cannot dent God’s approval of us and our obedience cannot help God’s approval of us, as we look in trusting faith to Christ. And the priority of this gospel, the functional need of the gospel, the contesting of the gospel, the retaining of the gospel, the constant sidelining of the gospel, and the unified biblical testimony to the gospel all unite to say—yes, we need more books on this gospel.
Dane Ortlund is senior editor in the Bible Division at Crossway and blogs at Strawberry-Rhubarb Theology.
In early 2011 Crossway published Makoto Fujimura’s Four Holy Gospels project. Many of you have already heard some buzz about this remarkable project. Over at the Desiring God blog, Fujimura is sharing the theological meaning and insights behind the art in a ten part series:
- Part 1: Illuminated by the Illuminator
- Part 2: Q&A on The Four Holy Gospels
- Part 3: The Tears of Christ
- Part 4: Consider the Lilies
- Part 5: Water Flames
- Part 6: The Prodigal God
- Part 7: John—In the Beginning
- Part 8: Imaginative Illumination
- Part 9: The Four Holy Gospels
- Conclusion: The Four Holy Gospels
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A few weeks ago, Elyse Fitzpatrick and Scott Anderson talked about Elyse’s ministry, biblical counseling, and gospel-centered parenting on DG Live, based off of her new book Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus. Check out the full video below or tune in for some key highlights:
1:34 — Elyse shares about how she came to faith in Jesus.
6:50 — Elyse explains her call into biblical counseling.
15:50 — Elyse talks about her recovery of the gospel in giving counsel.
21:04 — Elyse begins to talk about the circumstances and content of her latest book.