Discipleship and Image

It is clear from the Bible that all people are made in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27; Gen. 9:6; James 3:9). Yet by nature and choice, man has fallen and now carries in himself a broken image (Gen. 3; Isa. 53:6; Rom. 3:9-20, et al.). The image of God in man is broken because of his sin nature and consequent sins. This implies that people do not simply do sins they are sinners. Their identity comes before action. The gospel gives sinners a new identity. This new identity is “disciple.” This new gospel identity motivates disciples to action. What is required for a … Continue reading Discipleship and Image

A Primer on the Image of God

The amazing truth about being made in the image of God is that man is the pinnacle of God’s creative activity. Think about it for a moment: you look like God. In Genesis 1:26 the Triune God says, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” The next verse says God’s image-bearers were complete in that they were made “male and female.” Imago Dei (Latin for “image of God”) is the doctrine that humanity, both men and women, is in some respect designed to resemble divine likeness. Millard Erickson writes that the image of God “is the powers of personality … Continue reading A Primer on the Image of God

Thoughts on Erwin McManus’s Talk at the Global Leadership Summit

I attended Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit this year at a satellite location here in Omaha. There was a lot to receive, some things to redeem, and others to reject. Today, Erwin McManus, pastor of Mosaic in Los Angeles, closed out the Summit with his talk about Christians being culture creators and creative story tellers. He exceptionally articulated the fact that because God is a creator, Christians are also called to be creative and enter into the redemption that God is working in the world. He told about the time he led Soledad O’Brien to Christ while describing a documentary he … Continue reading Thoughts on Erwin McManus’s Talk at the Global Leadership Summit