Does Christ come to improve our existence in Adam or to end it? (sweeping us into his new creation)
Is Christianity all about spiritual and moral makeovers or about death and resurrection? (radical judgment and radical grace)
Is the Word of God a resource for what we have already decided we want and need, or is it God’s living and active criticism of our religion, morality, and pious experience?
In other words, is the Bible God’s story, centering on Christ’s redeeming work, that rewrites our stories, or is it something we use to make our stories a little more exciting and interesting?
-- Michael Horton
Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church