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Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2011
WARNING! This book could make your life messy!
Todays church is continually being confronted with the question, "What is the gospel?" Many churches answer this through strong exposition of biblical truth. Others answer with a focus on community engagement. But doesnt Christ call us to do both?
The covenant of salvation demands a radical re-patterning of relationships. Bryan Lorrits, a pastor in the heart of one of Americas historically racially divided urban centers, seizes the opportunity to engage God, the church, and culture in ways that may challenge your beliefs, practices, and relationships.
A Cross-Shaped Gospel clearly articulates the vertical dimension of the Christian faith, as well as looking at the horizontal implications of salvation for growth, service, and community. It provokes readers to think about the implications of living out their faith. What does the gospel mean for issues of:
- Political engagement?
- Class distinctions?
- Race Relations?
It is only by reaching upward that we can reach outward in power and with the proper motives, so let A Cross- Shaped Gospel help you in crafting and communicating a biblical philosophy of engaging God and others well!
Chris LandWichita Falls, TxAge: 25-34Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Another Book on the GospelMay 2, 2012Chris LandWichita Falls, TxAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2There have been a lot of books coming out recently answering the question, "What is the Gospel?" It is a question worth meditating and study because in the 21st century church, Christians are confused by the Gospel. Some think is all about them and their relationship with Jesus while other think it is all about making the world more Christian by Christianizing society. Some Christians feel with the gospel, God is more concerned about their own personal growth than they do about other Christians and also the evangelizing of non-Christians
Bryan Loritts' book, A Cross-shaped Gospel, addresses the Gospel in a two-part harmony. The first part as horizontal which means that Christians are called to love God. Loritts said, "To love God is to love His truth, His Word. When we love God and His Word, this becomes the standard by which we are able to navigate how to love our neighbors." The vertical aspect of the two-part harmony of the Gospel is loving our neighbor where loving God also means loving others.
Loritts other chapters talk about how the Gospel helps us accept one another despite if we are republican or democrat, which in an election year can get nasty. Also accept one another passed our ethnicity and how living our the Gospel brings glory to God. There were a lot of good points in this book about the Gospel, but I felt this book would not be the go-to book on the Gospel. It was a good book, but not one that every Christian should pick up off the shelves because it is the next great Gospel book.