Reflection on the Gospel Story

"My task is to make clear to myself and (if possible) to others the word which is spoken in the Gospel in such a way that it may be heard in the language of this culture of which I am a part with all its power to question that culture" (Newbigin ix). Newbigin's book seeks to facilitate a "missionary encounter" between the gospel and his world, in the faith and hope that such encounters are the will and the work of God for changing both the world and the Church.

Choose a Johannine text on which Newbigin comments and write an exposition, sermon, argument, letter, or prayer drawing on that text to clarify its message in such a way that it may be heard in a particular and real situation and change that situation.

If your text is not already explicit in the change you would hope to see in that situation, then make it so in a preface.

In that preface or in explanatory comments (in footnotes? italicized or parenthetical annotations? explicit comments to your audience), draw on your understanding of salvation, atonement, reconciliation, and the other categories of soteriology from your Introduction to Christian Doctrine course (which, or whose equivalent, is after all a prerequisite to this course) to explain how the change you hope to see would in fact be the change God wills.

Please keep your paper three pages, double-spaced, and follow the directions in my handout for writing papers.

Remember, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.

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