Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Good Gospel Engagement

This is an excerpt from my current book-in-progress:
But! Oh man. If we are regularly and excitedly engaging people in the good news of the finished saving work of the sacrificing, dying, rising, exalted, sovereign Jesus Christ who is the death-proof, fail-proof King of kings before all things and in all things and holding all things together as he sustains the world by the mere word of his power, the ones whose hearts are opened by the Spirit to be won to Christ will be irrevocably changed. Numbness will be the exception, rather than the norm. We will not have to lead them through hoops of creative entertainment, constantly hamstrung by the limits of our artistic brainstorming sessions, seeking to keep their attentions stirred by a well-composed aesthetic this or that.


Anonymous said...

I think you just don't like flashy lights and U2 cover bands.

Jared said...

But I love The Haggard. And if love you is wrong, I don't want to be contextualized.

Doug said...

Thank you for that quote, and I'm looking forward to your book!

I get it-as the Gospel grips me more and more, obedience just happens. When I look at seasons of disobedience in my life, they always started with my focus being somewhere other than Jesus. Incidentally, that's true whether the focus was overtly "negative," i.e. "I want to do bad things because they feel good" or seemingly "positive" i.e. "I want to be a better Christian, so now I'm going to make myself into that."

Still, I struggle to know how to communicate that well; especially to folks who think that "all this Gospel stuff is great, but what about obedience?"-as if those were separate things.

ALl that to say, I'm looking forward to your book to come and help me explain that. So write fast.