We often ask people, “Do you want the good news or the bad news?” But sometimes we have to face the bad news before we can really understand why the good news is so good. According to Daniel Strange, Lecturer in Culture, Religion, and Public Theology at Oak Hill College, that’s precisely what Paul did in his famous Mars Hill sermon.
In this short video, Strange explains that Paul doesn’t actually present the gospel in this sermon. Instead, he focuses on the bad news, God’s judgment, as the necessary context for understanding the good news of the gospel. And he thinks we can learn from Paul’s attitude, his approach, and the appeal he makes to the Athenians, as an example of how to share the bad news with people who need to hear it.