This is well worth spending the hour listening. It begins around 5:00 with N T Wright and this is some of the most important teaching on the cross we’ve needed to understand in my lifetime. It is so fresh and makes sense. For those who have rejected Christianity because of a misreading of the Old Testament (and Wright would explain that), THIS is an important listen.
Start the video around 7:00.
Gordon T. Smith’s book, Evangelical, Sacramental, and Pentecostal: Why the Church Should Be All Three gets to the fundamental question of why talk about being all three? Hasn’t the Church been segmented this long and “got along fine?”
One of his answers as to why we need all three is pertinent to what I tried to say last year when I preached on “Living in Babylon.” That virtually got ignored… which I’m getting used to by now… but I just can’t walk away from what I know the Spirit really is saying to the American Church. Long after I’m gone, long after Gordon T. Smith is gone, and the American Church is in the position I could see “way back in 2016” (and, to be honest, back in 2001), I hope these words are found on the internet somewhere and somehow people begin to see with fresh eyes what the Spirit was wanting to say.
Why do we need all three? Smith answers it essentially as I tried to answer it with “Living in Babylon”:
… for the church in the West, in an increasingly secular society, or where the church is the minority presence in a community or a society — whether that society be Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, or secular, whether we are seeking to be the church in Cairo or Vancouver, wherever the church is culturally swimming upstream — surely we need every ounce of grace (if grace comes in ounces!) that might be available to us. (p. 39)
Quite frankly, when we decide to wake up as the Church in American (realizing we aren’t the “American Church” anymore) what will matter so little at that point in time is if we’re “evangelical” or “liturgical” or “pentecostal.” What will be necessary at that point is to be in Christ and simply latch on to him! And the label that used to be on the door just won’t matter anymore.
I am making my way through a great little book entitled Evangelical, Sacramental, and Pentecostal: Why the Church Should be All Three by Gordon T Smith. I wish I had known sooner it was published by IVP because I would have asked them for a free copy to review! I don’t mind paying for this gem, though. Continue reading “Move from either/or to both/and”
I am not quite sure I am “wrapping up” N.T. Wright’s book, but here are some incredible thoughts he has regarding the mission of the Church: Continue reading “The power of the cross — The Revolution”
If there is anything that N.T. Wright teaches me, it’s we desperately want to reduce our theological frameworks into nice, neat sentences… catchy tweets, etc.,… but it is impossible to do. We need to break ourselves of those nice neat habits. That is simply not helpful in understanding why Jesus died. Continue reading “Jesus didn’t die for my sins”