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The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World Paperback – June 1, 2012
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When did the Good News become just good advice?
We live in a self-help world. But Christianity doesn't work as just a moral philosophy or code of ethics. It makes sense only when it is built upon the foundation of the gospel, the Good News. The simple message that God has done everything he requires to reconcile sinners to himself is not just the church's slogan but its lifeblood.
In this candid and hopeful book, Michael Horton challenges us to reorient our faith and our Christian practice toward the transformative, Christ-centered gospel--both in the church and in the world.
"Mike Horton has once again hit the nail on the head. With engaging clarity he demonstrates that the gospel is not just for non-Christians; it's for Christians too. Horton's book is a flavorsome reminder that in order for Christians to make a difference in this world, we must be driven by something otherworldly--namely, the gospel."--Tullian Tchividjian, pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and author of Unfashionable
"Michael Horton is one who understands the time. More than a fad, a twelve-step program, or a forty-day challenge, Horton reminds us that the gospel is the everyday brick and mortar of a life built on the promise of eternal life in Jesus Christ. Before you read another book, read this one."--Anthony Carter, lead pastor of East Point Church, East Point, Georgia, and author of On Being Black and Reformed
Michael Horton (PhD, University of Coventry and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford) is J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California. He hosts the White Horse Inn radio broadcast and is editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. He is the author/editor of more than fifteen books, including Christless Christianity, The Gospel Commission, Putting Amazing Back into Grace, Introducing Covenant Theology.
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This is important book which seeks to right the ship of American Christianity, which is taking on too much water of a market driven, pleasure seeking, self-help culture whose love for God and truth is waning. Being a student and follower of the Reformation, Horton sees in this the reestablishment of the domination of the Gospel in all its purity and power along with the proper speaking of the law to repentance which is also necessary.
Tired of the enthusiasm the church expends on compromising with the culture, Horton suggests we get back to the real Good News proclaimers we are in the means of grace. He almost sounds Lutheran, except when he gets to the Sacraments, he sounds a little guarded. This is but minor concern when posed against the wonderful effort he provides with such good illustrations and phraseology to get the church back on the straight and narrow path.
"The fear of God must become greater than the fear of boredom" he writes. How true this has become. We are bombarded with new and innovative technology that seeks to rule us and sour our appetite for reality. When playing a fake cooking game replaces time actually cooking, when playing sports activities replaces kids playing sports and exercise ... you get the gist. When just playing at spirituality without reality of the power of God to save and keep saved in the pure gospel, this is Horton's concern and it is a valid and well presented one.
This book demands and deserves to have a wide reading and prayerful consideration. May it bring many to heed its wisdom and gospel based encouragement. One of the most significant books published in sometime.
This gospel-centeredness permeates the whole book, leaving other pursuits, whether purpose or prosperity or therapeutic moralism, open to criticism. Horton does point to the shortcomings of such approaches but this book is less a critique than a call for the church to return to the gospel as the focus of its life.