A review by Dr. Anthony Gordon of Richard Stearns’ book: The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World
I would heartily recommend this reading to anyone who wants to take a “second” look at the Holy Scriptures in contrast to the prism through which mainstream evangelical Christianity views biblical charity.
Oft times seen as merely philanthropic or “social” work, Christians often approach care for the least of these as a noble thing to do, but essentially optional. Stearns gives a clear, strong, biblical exegesis to demonstrate that somewhere along the line, evangelical Christianity has “cut some of the Gospel” out of our theology and missiology.
Time and time again God’s word points to a fruit of the Gospel that almost always manifests itself with a passion for the fatherless, the forsaken and the forgotten.
As is the case with any author, I am not suggesting that you will agree with every position Stearns takes. But I am positive you will see some revelations about the heart of the Gospel that will bless you as you meditate on the Word of God again…for the first time.