on the gospel

What does the word ‘gospel’ mean?

Here is Merriam-Webster OnLine

1 a often capitalized : the message concerning Christ, the kingdom of God, and salvation b capitalized : one of the first four New Testament books telling of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; also : a similar apocryphal book c : an interpretation of the Christian message [the social gospel]
2 capitalized : a lection from one of the New Testament Gospels
3 : the message or teachings of a religious teacher
4 : something accepted or promoted as infallible truth or as a guiding principle or doctrine [took her words as gospel] [spreading the gospel of conservation — R. M. Hodesh]
5 : gospel music

Funny… to hear some bloggers talk you would think ‘gospel’ = ‘Calvinism’. Odd, eh?

Don Johnson
Jer 33.3


  1. Chris Anderson says:

    You’d prefer definition #5?

  2. Don Johnson says:

    he he!

    Maybe, over the big “C”, anyway.

    And of course that depends on what you mean by definition number 5.

    Don Johnson
    Jer 33.3

  3. Chris Anderson says:

    Nice. I’m thinking of a new blog post:

    Fundamentalist Prefers Cathedrals to Calvinists!