The Need for an Evangelical Theology of Emphasis
by Justin Borger
The fact that we have no less than four different canonical Gospels has always struck me as one of the richest realities that can be found in the Bible. Although all four accounts of the good news tell the same sacred story, each one does so from a unique perspective with different emphases that ought to enrich our understanding of who Jesus is and what he came to do. Far too often, however, I’m afraid we fail to take advantage of the way that the Holy Spirit inspired Matthew, Mark, Luke and John to preserve the gospel in such an emphatic way. Indeed, if it’s true that “the medium is the message,” then I’d say there’s a crying need for some more sustained theological reflection on this reality: evangelical theology, canonically considered, is always emphatic theology. And so, our attempts to articulate evangelical theology must somehow correspond to the emphatic character of the canonical Gospels themselves.