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The The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World Paperback – May 2, 2010
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First the "love."
This book contains a great challenge to the western church to wake up to the central and vital truths of the gospel which we have ignored for far too long. The gospel contains numerous truths about our responsibility to the weak, the poor, the suffering, the sick, and the homeless around the world, especially when they are abandoned women and orphaned children. We ignore these parts of the Gospel at our own peril, and though we might be "correct" in much of our theology, if we ignore these central sections of the Gospel, we should not expect to hear Jesus say, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
I am in full agreement with Stearns on this point, and his book does a great job showing this truth of the Gospel and calling Christians to act upon it.
But now for the things I don't like.
I really, really am tired of books like this being written by rich and powerful people. I know this is the way the publishing industry works, but why is it that those with the power and fame get books published so that they get more power, glory, and fame? There are millions of people who know the same thing Richard Stearns came to learn, and who live it out every single day, but who will never get a book deal because they are not rich CEOs. I really tried to ignore the fact that Richard is rich and famous, but he kept mentioning it over and over in the book, it made it difficult to forget.
Also, Richard confused some elementary truths of the Gospel, namely, the cost of discipleship with the cost of eternal life. He frequently repeated the misleading idea that if we didn't serve the poor and love those less fortunate, then maybe this was because we didn't have eternal life.Read more ›
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If you haven't read this book, stop reading this review now. Not because there are spoilers, but because I want now to talk about quibbles I have with the book. And I would hate to think my quibbles would keep someone from reading this fine book with this important message.
But I do have quibbles. There are issues of emphasis and particulars that bothered me. I'm writing this partly to help me think through these issues and decide if my objections are reasonable.
The book does omit some facts and Scripture that I think are important when considering these issues.
Let me start with a famous quote that Stearns frequently refers to from Bob Pierce, "Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God". Bob Pierce was the founder of World Vision (the organization that Stearns now leads.) He did great things for God and World Vision now continues to do great work to care for the poor throughout the world.
And that quote has truth in it. As much as we can, we want to see things through God' eyes and feel things through His heart. But we are finite creatures that serve an infinite God. We can't take on the entire burden of God's work in the world. And I believe that Bob Pierce had issues in his life because he tried to take on the full burden of suffering in the world.
It is now common knowledge and well documented that Pierce neglected his own family and was at time verbally abusive with his staff at World Vision. Stearns (understandably) make no mention of these flaws in the life and ministry of Pierce.Read more ›
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I enjoyed this book so much as I borrowed it from a friend that I bought a copy for myself. It's an excellent and stimulating read; I recommend it completely.Published 2 months ago by Conrad J Miller
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