i finally read all of scot mcknight’s embracing grace (hey, lookit that! i’m talking about a book, and it’s not a zondervan book or a harper collins book! ooh, certainly rupert must fire me now. oh, i’m so confused our our mission!). sorry, back from that rather snarky parenthetical retort… anyhow: scot’s book is great reading. i read it as “assigned reading” for our junior high pastors summit in a week, which scot is speaking at. i’ve been wrestling with my understanding of the gospel, and more specifically, atonement theories, for some time now — especially as it pertains to speaking to teenagers. so i found scot’s book really helpful. i love his ‘definition’, found in the intro:
the gospel is the work of God to restore humans to union with God and communion with others, in the context of a community, for the good of others and the world.
another one of the many paragraphs that really caught me:
God designed the gospel for us.
God designs the gospel for more than my goodness and my sin and my redemption and my liberation and my experience and my chance to go to heaven when i die. the gospel is about us before it is about me. my own i is in the Us, and a gospel of i without an Us is a gospel about me. i’m glad the gospel is for me but it is about more than me.