What Is the Grand Story All About? – An Excerpt from the Story of Reality

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9780310525042“We are hungering for the thing we were made for. We are hungering for God’s Kingdom.”

In today’s excerpt from The Story of Reality, Greg Koukl explains that the main point of the story is God’s Kingdom. Read further to find out about our participation in it.


Did you ever wonder how to sum up the main theme of the Bible accurately in a single, simple concept? It’s right there in the first line: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Put simply, the Story starts with a Sovereign who creates a domain he benevolently rules over…There is a kingdom.

This is what the Story is all about. The main theme…

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Did Jesus Preach the Gospel? An Excerpt by Scot McKnight

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In today’s excerpt from The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News RevisitedScot McKnight reframes the discussion about what Jesus preached. Was it the plan of salvation? Justification by faith? Or something else?

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It bears repetition because it is so hard for us to grasp. So many of us equate gospel with the Plan of Salvation that we have to train our minds to think through this over and over. The question we are asking is this: Did Jesus preach the gospel? But that does not mean, Did Jesus preach personal salvation or preach justification by faith (no matter how true and important those concepts are)? Instead, we have to move to a different plane. If the gospel is the saving Story of Jesus that completes the Story of Israel,…

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Toward a Kingdom Vision in the Classroom (Guest Post by Scot McKnight)

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Scot_mcknight Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. He is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University (Chicago, Illinois). The author of numerous books, including the award-winning The Jesus Creed, Scot is the author of One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow (Zondervan, 2010). He is presently researching the meaning “gospel” in the earliest Christian communities.

A student approached me after class and asked me if I had any “extra” copies of One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow. She said she and her friends wanted to use it in a Bible study they were doing. I asked them why they wanted to use One.Life and she said, “Because if it’s like your Jesus class, we want to talk about that stuff more than we can in class.”

A professor friend told me that she was using the book with her students for spiritual formation because she explained to me that her students no longer saw spiritual formation as simply praying and reading the Bible but as doing “deeds of mercy.”

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