Concordia Theological Monthly

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gospel, theology, city life, justification, grace, urban crisis, racism, slums, poverty, ghettos, faith

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The urban crisis compels us to reexamine the gospel. It gives the lie to our arrogant supposition that we proclaim the gospel in all its truth and purity. It shows that what we have passed along as pure gospel is really the gospel shaped by cultural accretions. Furthermore, the urban crisis prompts us to confess that the gospel is not believed and understood faithfully when it is viewed as a message detached from its worldly surroundings, because the gospel encompasses a way of life that comprehends in one seamless robe the words that express the good news as well as actions that give substance to the words.


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Romans 3:27-28;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars