Paul notes – “In the exploration of the missiological implications of reductionism, I have stressed that the reduction of the gospel to individual salvation…is the gravest and most influential expression of the human drive for control…a reduced gospel trivializes God as it makes God into a manageable deity.”
(Guder, The Continuing Conversion of the Church, 131)
Adam Walker Cleaveland reflects on the question, “What is gospel”…Well-supported by the Prof. Darrell Guder quote above (which is so sadly true), Adam makes some good points including this: “…The gospel is the uncontrollable & uncontainable in-breaking of God’s hopes and dreams for this world, and beyond…”
Read his whole post here.
This is one of the enduring questions that we have to grapple with, hearing, interpreting and communicating “gospel” in our own time and contexts. The lines of interpretation and “application” are not often straight lines between past contexts and our own.