Whole or “Hole”? Tell The Gospel Truth

July 13, 2009 at 7:22 pm Leave a comment

32663529Richard Stearns’  The Hole in Our Gospel is a response to the incredibly simple – but widely forgotten – question, “what does God expect of us?” As one might expect from the president of a compassion organization, his answer has to do with, well … compassion. Stearns sees this as an expression of the whole gospel of God’s kingdom, not the “hole-y” gospel so commonly proclaimed and practiced in the modern American evangelical church.

The strength of the book is its powerful plea to the church to do what God has called it to do in the world (yes, we’re supposed to be doing stuff). Stearns uses his own personal testimony, mind-blowing statistics, strong Biblical argument, and moving stories of tragedy and triumph from around the world to drive home the daunting task before us. In light of such immense need, he ably shows how important the smallest work is and how big the impact of the church could be if we were each simply faithful to do the most basic things of God’s call on us as His people – counter-cultural, revolutionary, and surprisingly simple acts of compassion, justice, mercy, and love to a world in need beyond our comprehension.

The church has been analyzed, scrutinized, and criticized for its negative image in our culture and its ever-decreasing influence. Perhaps we need to be reminded that we could repair both if the gospel we offered was once again the whole gospel that Jesus offered (“good news for the poor”) and Paul proclaimed (“salvation by grace through faith unto good works”).  The Hole in Our Gospel is that reminder.


Entry filed under: Devotional Thoughts, General, Kris Dekker, Pop Culture Life.

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