Tag Archives: Law

The Proclamatory Rule of the Gospel: Preach Good News!

What difference does apokatastasis make to the churchly preaching of the gospel? All the difference in the world, all the difference to the world! How we understand the conclusion of the gospel story informs how we tell the story. About fifteen … Continue reading

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To Preach the Gospel is to Justify the Ungodly

“What happened to the world with Jesus,” Robert W. Jenson avers, “was that at the end of the long history of Israel’s promises, a sheerly unconditional promise was said and became sayable in the world” (Story and Promise, p. 50). … Continue reading

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Preaching Gospel as Gospel: When Law Becomes Torah

There is an old story about a Lutheran pastor who, after a long ministry of rightly distinguishing law and gospel, announced on his death bed: “I shall most certainly go to heaven, as I cannot remember ever having done a … Continue reading

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Preaching Gospel as Gospel: Distinguishing Law and Promise

If the gospel is unconditional promise, then that means … well … no conditions! The language of unconditionality has become so commonplace when speaking of the love of God that it is very easy to miss the radicality of the … Continue reading

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Gerhard Forde on Descriptive and Declarative Language

Shortly after seminary I began devouring the writings on Lutheran theologians on the topic of justification by faith. I was particularly intrigued by the Jenson-Lindbeck proposal that the Reformation doctrine of “justification by faith” should be understood as a metalinguistic … Continue reading

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Ruminating Romans: What Did the Teacher Teach?

J. Louis Martyn suggests that one of St Paul’s purposes in writing his Epistle to the Romans was to clarify some of the arguments that he presented in his Epistle to the Galatians and to correct misconstruals of his earlier … Continue reading

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