The Gospel as Center

gospel-as-centerWhat is the center of your life? Is it family, your job, your sports team, money, possessions? There are so many things that vie for our allegiance. And more than that, not only our allegiance, but our ownership. I once heard someone say, “Whatever we own, owns us”. That is true in so many aspects.

A book I received quite a while back has been slowly helping me re-center on what is the core of my whole life. This book is titled, “The Gospel as Center”. It is a collaboration of essays by a great set of minds and thinkers in the evangelical (and overall reformed) world. This book builds a theological foundation on what is essentially the core of all aspects of theology, the Gospel. One thing I enjoyed most about this book was seeing the way the different writers tackled each subject. I love when great minds come together and tackle a project with a mission of proclaiming the Gospel.

This book may be a little technical and academic in some areas. Therefore, its readership may not reach a big audience, but it probably deserve to be read and read slowly by all of us that are constantly battling relativism in ministry and mainstream life.

Readership will most likely be those involved in full time ministry or para-ministry leadership.

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A Godly Fast this morning

Below is a short poem by Madeline L’Engle entitled “Ascension, 1969”. As I read it I could not help but say to myself that I could have penned these same lines. They are heavy and earthbound. I hope this speaks to you as it did to me.

ASCENSION, 1969

Pride is heavy.

It weighs.

It is a fatness of spirit,

an overindulgence in self.

This gluttony is earthbound

Cannot be lifted up.

Help me to fast,

to lose this weight!

Otherwise, O Light One,

how can I rejoice in your

Ascension?