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The Exclusivity of the Gospel

Commentary By October 29, 2015 Tags: , , , No Comments

I have a confession to make. I think that the title to this article stinks. I hate the label “exclusivist” when it is applied to the Gospel. Hate, hate, hate, HATE, HATE it. Missiologist Harold Netland observes, “It is probably safe to assume that the term ‘exclusivism’ was not first introduced into the discussion by adherents of that perspective, but…


Is the Gospel Worth $6,090,032?

Commentary By April 4, 2011 Tags: , No Comments

Is it possible to determine the economic benefit a church brings to its local community? A recent First Things article reports that researchers led by a University of Pennsylvania professor attempted to make just such an assessment (First Things: April 2011, p. 67). They estimated the economic impact of 12 congregations in the greater Philadelphia area. Some financial benefits could…


The Threshold Question: What is the Minimal Knowledge Required for Saving Faith

Book Excerpt By May 18, 2010 Tags: , , 1 Comment

One must know about the good news of Jesus Christ in order to trust in him. As Paul asks, “How shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?” (Rom 10:14). In order for faith to be informed or have knowledge, it must have two things: content and an object. The content of assenting faith is the gospel…