Even the evangel needs to be defined these days. There're some who call themselves evangelicals, but are as far from classic evangelicalism as the East is from the West. Churches call themselves Evangelicals but really are not. Seminaries call themselves Evangelicals but really are not. In our Pluralistic, Postmodern world, we must call a spade a spade and not fold to the culture around us. What then is the Gospel/the Evangel? 1. The gospel is good news about historical events: the life and death and resurrection of Christ—1 Cor 15:1-4. The early church didn't invent the gospel. The death of Christ was not cosmic child abuse. 2. The gospel is good news about what above historical events accomplished. There would be no gospel unless those historic events accomplished something. The historic Christ is therefore not different from what some call the Christ of faith, who was invented by the early church. Rom 5:6-10 3. The gospel is good news about a divine transaction accomplished through the above historic events. Therefore it was not cosmic child abuse nor any other governmental moral theory nonsense. 2 Cor 5:21 must not lose its sweet, wonderful value. 4. The gospel is good news about how what the historic events of Christ accomplished through a divine transaction as appropriated through faith alone is experienced in our lives and in our world as we await the glorious return of the One who died for us to bring us back to the Father (1 Pet 3:18).