What's the gospel in seven words? We asked theologians, pastors and others both to answer this question and to
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Everybody gets to grow and change.
But not everyone will grow and change. On many days, I'm
the fly struggling and stuck to the kitchen counter, in a spot of jelly that
seemed like the ideal sweet landing spot at the time. It'll take a miracle to
get me unstuck. By following Jesus, I join a long line of sinners who want, but
do not deserve, much more out of life than the sum of our own actions. By
ignoring him, I'm stuck in my own results.
Lillian Daniel is senior pastor at First Congregational Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, a board member for Interfaith Worker Justice, and author of When “Spiritual But Not Religious” Is Not Enough (Jericho Books).