#98 – The Hole in Our Gospel by Rich Stearns (My 100 Favorite Books)

Gospel means good news.  Growing up, the good news was simply that Jesus has died on the cross so we can be forgiven and go to heaven when we die. Rich Stearns, president of World Vision, thinks there is much missing in this formulation. Stearns was a successful CEO when World Vision pursued him to … Continue reading #98 – The Hole in Our Gospel by Rich Stearns (My 100 Favorite Books)

Why Does God Favor Certain People? (Weekly Word)

This summer I am going to dedicate each Friday to questions that students have asked me about God, faith and such.  Some of these questions come were forwarded to me from Christian students or their skeptical friends.  Others are questions that I have been asked in some way, shape or form many times.  I do … Continue reading Why Does God Favor Certain People? (Weekly Word)

A Farewell to Mars by Brian Zahnd (Review)

For me, as for many Christians in America, it has often been difficult to separate our commitments to Jesus and our patriotism as Americans.  I remember singing songs to the greatness of America at church around national holidays.  More recently, I remember being at a Christian conference that recognized a national holiday with a powerpoint … Continue reading A Farewell to Mars by Brian Zahnd (Review)

Another Hole in Our Gospel? (Or, does it matter to your “gospel” that Jesus rose from the dead?)

One of my favorite books in recent years is The Hole in Our Gospel by the president of World Vision, Rich Stearns.  The hole in the gospel is the failure to care for the poor and needy. I think we have another hole in our gospel.  I see this in conversations and in comments and … Continue reading Another Hole in Our Gospel? (Or, does it matter to your “gospel” that Jesus rose from the dead?)