If you’ve been a Christian for a few years and have heard the Gospel more times than you can count, it’s easy to start thinking that you’ve got that whole “gospel” thing down pretty well. You’re ready to move on to more challenging truths, the deep stuff. Indeed, if you’re like me, you even start to tune the pastor out when he gets to the Gospel part of the sermon. It’s not that you don’t think preaching the Gospel is important; you’ve just heard it so many times you don’t think you have anything left to learn.
The Gospel isn’t for you anymore.
If that’s you, I can resonate. But it doesn’t need to be that way. The gospel is an amazing story, one that we can spend a lifetime trying to unpack and understand. We just need to give ourselves a chance to hear it again for the first time.
That’s what I’m trying to do with my book Good News for the Living Dead: A Fresh Take on the Gospel Story. The book’s focus is to help us hear the gospel in new ways so that we can again be overwhelmed by how amazing it all is. I’m currently talking with publishers and hope to have the whole thing available soon. But, in the meantime, I’ll be posting excerpts from the book and other resources on this blog, and I’ll list them below as they’re available.
Here’s a short video of me saying a bit more about the book:
Excerpts from Good News for the Living Dead
From the Introduction
- The Gospel Is Like My Wife’s Purse
- Finding Wonder in the “Ordinary” Things of the Gospel
- Recovering the “Lost” Treasures of the Gospel
- Exploring the Unknown Treasures of the Gospel
- How to Unpack the Gospel
From Chapter 4: Night Has Fallen
- One Day, Night Fell (reflecting on our fall into sin)
- Zombies Need the Gospel Too
- No, I’m from Canada
- The Saturday Morning Syrup Monster
From Chapter 5: Don’t Skip to the Good Parts
- What Did God Do after Adam and Eve Sinned?
- Love Your Wife…Check
- 4 Things the Law Does for God’s People
From Chapter 6: When He Comes
From Chapter 8: When God Fails
From Chapter 9: What Should We Do
From Chapter 10: What Went Wrong?
- Don’t Hide the Laundry (this one reflects on the enduring power of shame despite the amazing truths of the gospel)
- When Parents Ask the Wrong Questions
- A Mosaic of Despair and Waiting for the Bread