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Law and Gospel: A Theology for Sinners (and Saints) Paperback – April 10, 2015
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Founded in 2007, Mockingbird is an organization devoted to connecting the Christian faith with the realities of everyday life in fresh and down-to-earth ways, primarily through conferences, publications, and online resources. The distinction between Law and Gospel has been one of our animating concerns since day one. To find out more, visit us at www.mbird.com.
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Not only do the Mockingbird writers illustrate the demands and effects of the 'capital L law of God' (of which we're sharply aware), they also tell us about the accusations we place upon ourselves with or without the help of the Bible -- the 'stalwart belief in our own inherent giddy-up', that old-fashioned optimism that places us under the accusation of innumerable little-l laws too. After offering 3 possible responses to the Law or the law (fight, flight, and appeasement, or a spectrum of all 3), we are given good news. About a person, about a gift, about forgiveness... "Christ is the final word on that score. This is not just good news. It is the BEST news." And don't miss the inspiring, tongue-in-cheek description of the fruits of the Gospel, along with very useful appendices (including a checklist for distinguishing between Law and Gospel, a defense against antinomianism, and a chat about vertical vs. horizontal law).
For theological, practical, and skeptical readers alike, this is a must-read. For those need to be reminded of the Good News in new ways, through fresh eyes and terminology, it's an essential. For folks who say, 'yes, but, what about...?' the appendices are just for you! Suited to individual reading or group study, this is a handbook for how to read everything from The New York Times to The Book Of Proverbs in terms of the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Read this book. Then read it again. It demolishes works righteousness and offers true freedom by showing how the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ, has done all the heavy lifting for us. We accept Him, this wonderful gift, and it is all done for us. No more striving. No more fear of failure.
Isn't that Good News?