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God was born. We can be reborn.

What's the gospel in seven words? We asked theologians, pastors and others both to answer this question and to
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God was born. We can be reborn.

Birth is a messy, painful
affair, fraught with risk and danger. Yet Jesus was born. Walking beside us,
Jesus lifts the lowly, satisfies the hungry and teaches us to live in love.
Likewise, the Spirit gives birth to us. Transforming our lives, the Spirit
grounds our being, urges us to create and leads us in abundant life. The core
of the gospel exists in this fecundity.

Carol Howard Merritt

Carol Howard Merritt is a pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Spring City, Tennessee. She is the author of Healing Spiritual Wounds. Her blog is hosted by the Century.

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