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Tony Richie on Kingdom of Heaven and Justification

McKnight wishes to broaden our approach enough to embrace both Jesus and kingdom with Paul and justification through the more comprehensive concept of gospel. I agree. I simply wish to register that a truly comprehensive gospel is broader still. Its good news is remarkably wide and welcoming!



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1 Tony Richie, “Will the Real Paul Please Stand Up? A Review Essay of Simon Gathercole, “What Did Paul Really Mean?” Christianity Today (August 2007), pp. 22-28, Pneuma Review 11:3 (Summer 2008), 56-64. Now available online at:

2 The Word and the Spirit, trans. David Smith (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1986), 1.

3 Holy Spirit and Salvation: The Sources of Christian Theology (WJK, 2010), xi.

4 New International Commentary on the New Testament: The Book of Acts (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1990), 212.


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Category: Biblical Studies, Summer 2011

About the Author: Tony Richie, D.Min, Ph.D., is missionary teacher at SEMISUD (Quito, Ecuador) and adjunct professor at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary (Cleveland, TN). Dr. Richie is an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God, and Senior Pastor at New Harvest in Knoxville, TN. He has served the Society for Pentecostal Studies as Ecumenical Studies Interest Group Leader and is currently Liaison to the Interfaith Relations Commission of the National Council of Churches (USA), and represents Pentecostals with Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation of the World Council of Churches and the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs. He is the author of Speaking by the Spirit: A Pentecostal Model for Interreligious Dialogue (Emeth Press, 2011) and Toward a Pentecostal Theology of Religions: Encountering Cornelius Today (CPT Press, 2013) as well as several journal articles and books chapters on Pentecostal theology and experience.

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