Jean’s Gospel: The Greatest Story Ever Told

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  1. Xenia says:

    Jean, this is a terrific article! I too had noticed that my old Fundamentalist churches emphasized the writings of St. Paul and, I am sorry to say, explained away a lot of the “hard” passages of the Gospels. We need the writings of St. Paul of course, but the Gospels are the foundation. For me, it’s a red flag if a speaker uses something St. Paul wrote to explain away something Christ said.

    I am one who learns best by stories. Positional Christianity, which emphasizes the technicalities of “our position in Christ” has always left me cold. I learn so much more by listening to the words of Christ Himself and the stories He tells.

    Likewise, and on a way lower level, really good Christian fiction, such as the writings of JRR Tolkien, who was a devout Christian, speak to me in a way that a book on theology does not. There is no theology (as we know it) in his works, just examples both good and bad.

    Anyway, great article, Jean! Thank you!

  2. Rocksy says:

    “Like a great lake with a gently sloped beach, the Gospels are shallow enough for the children to wade and play in, and also deep enough for the underwater diver to explore in great depth.” Wow, Love this!

  3. Jean says:

    Thank you Xenia!

    Thank you Rocksy! I heard that description (or something close to it) years ago, and I can’t even remember to what exactly it originally referred; but as I was completing this article, I was reminded of it again and thought it described the Gospels very well.

  4. Duane Arnold says:

    The “story” is where it began and, indeed, where it will end. It is far better than “transactional” Christianity… Nicely done.

  5. JoelG says:

    Isn’t the Story possible because of a “transaction”? Abraham’s righteousness was credited to him because he believed God. Ultimately isn’t the cross the center of the Story?

  6. Jean says:

    Hi Joel,

    Generally, you are quite right. In the Gospels, the passion narratives are proportionally the longest parts. Rather than center, you could say the cross and resurrection are the climax.

  7. Duane Arnold says:


    For me, the Incarnation is the story…

  8. JoelG says:

    Thanks Jean and Duane. My anxiety and sadness requires that I trust in Christ’s forgiveness for my lack. I am thankful for Paul’s assessment of himself in Romans in light of the Gospels.

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