In a recent interview with Christianity Today, Rob Bell, popular author, pastor, and face of the Nooma video series was asked how he would present the Gospel on Twitter. Here is Bell’s response:

I would say that history is headed somewhere. The thousands of little ways in which you are tempted to believe that hope might actually be a legitimate response to the insanity of the world actually can be trusted. And the Christian story is that a tomb is empty, and a movement has actually begun that has been present in a sense all along in creation. And all those times when your cynicism was at odds with an impulse within you that said that this little thing might be about something bigger—those tiny little slivers may in fact be connected to something really, really big.

This is the Gospel? Sure, Bell has been limited to a contextual sound-byte with the challenge of saying something substantive about the Gospel via Twitter. Twitter is reductionistic by its very nature. But, sorry, this is no where close to a lucid explanation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What’s missing? How about sin, sacrifice, substitution, rescue and redemption – and that is just for starters. This is what our hope must be rooted in, not in some innate superstition or gut-feeling that there might be something bigger than us out there.

Christianity Today didn’t ask me, but if I were going to explain the Gospel via Twitter I might start here:

For our sake God made him (Jesus) to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him (Jesus) we might become the righteousness of God (2Cor 5:21).

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