Monday, April 19, 2010

Book review: Richard Stearns- The Hole in Our Gospel

The Hole in Our Gospel 
Richard Stearns

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In The Hole in Our Gospel, world vision CEO Richard Stearns encourages Christians to embrace and live out a fuller understanding of the gospel that takes into account our responsibilities to the poor.

It took me a while to start liking the book. In the opening section he shares how he came to faith and to helping the poor and he argues the biblical case for why we must care for the poor. It wasn’t bad content but it stretched on a bit too long. Once the book moved into what is going wrong in the world and how Christians can make a difference the book became much more engaging. It was inspiring to read of average Christians who are making a big difference in the lives of the poor. He has a lot to say on the issue of faith verses works. I thought it was generally theologically sound and appropriately applied, although in a few spots some scriptures were maybe stretched a touch far.

I think the message of this book is one that the Christian community needs to hear. I recommend it.

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