For over 30 years, I have wanted to write a book. Not just any book, but a book on a particular aspect of the gospel that I feel has been largely neglected. During my very busy years as a church minister I kept thinking that one day I would “write that book“. During my subsequent and equally busy years as a Christian secondary school teacher, teaching Biblical Studies and Studies of Religion, I continued to dream about eventually “writing that book“. When I finally retired from teaching three years ago, many people asked me what I was planning to do and I often responded, “I might try writing a book. There’s a book I’ve been wanting to write for a long time.”
So finally, I sat down and started to write, but the book I had planned for so long didn’t happen at first. Other issues pressed in upon me and I published a succession of books on other important topics. Somehow, the book I had planned for so long kept getting pushed to the back of the queue as other more pressing issues presented themselves. I also believe that God had his hand in delaying the writing of this book. I am not sure why. Perhaps I needed to hone my craft. Perhaps I needed time to refine my thoughts further. For whatever reason, three years and seven books later I finally felt that the way ahead was clear. I felt a great peace about writing the book that had been so long in my thoughts.
Finally, today, I am announcing the publication of that book: Rethinking the Gospel: Challenging the Modern Misconception.
Rethinking the Gospel is a challenging exploration of the modern church’s proclamation of the gospel. It examines an element of the gospel that has been largely ignored or under-emphasised since the start of the Reformation in the 1500’s. In many churches today, this aspect of the gospel is almost entirely missing from public preaching, and its absence has had a significant impact upon the kind of disciples that the modern church is producing. Martin Luther’s important rediscovery of the biblical doctrine of salvation by grace through faith alone and his complete denunciation of good works as a means of self-justification has shaped evangelical preaching to the current day. But in the modern church’s fervour to present salvation as a free gift, it has under-emphasised the necessity of repentance and ongoing submission to the Lordship of Christ – a theme that was a central tenet of Jesus’ teaching. The kind of faith that Jesus consistently demanded was not the passive, easy-believism of today’s preaching but, rather, a robust faith of self-denial, sacrifice and daily obedience to Christ as Lord. It was a faith that resulted in a deeply transformed life.
“Rethinking the Gospel” will challenge you to re-examine your understanding of the gospel in the light of Jesus’ consistently confronting teaching on the relationship between faith, repentance and obedience.
One reviewer commented: “Every church pastor, preacher and Christian should read this book! It has transformed my understanding of the gospel.”
Another reviewer commented: “This is a devastating and eye-opening commentary on the blight that has infiltrated the modern church. It is a wake-up call that desperately needs to be heard.”
It is my hope and prayer that this book will be a great blessing to God’s church, and to you personally. I pray that your own understanding of the gospel of grace might be transformed and deepened as a result of reading it.
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