Monday, May 04, 2009

The Hole in Our Gospel

Richard Stearns, the president of World Vision, argues in his book, “The Hole in our Gospel” that the church is missing something. Through his own testimony of how God led him from being the CEO of a profitable company, to being the president of World Vision. Through bible verses, stories, quotes and statistics he makes the argument that the church has a hole in its message. The hole is seen in our sins of omission, specifically in dealing with social justice and righteousness around the world. He states that, “God wants to see the authenticity of our faith put into action, not the emptiness of a faith without deeds.”

With the awareness, access and ability available to us in our technological age we have no excuses, nor can we plead ignorance, not to be helping those around the world in need.

He wraps up the book saying that we all have something to offer: either time, talent or treasure. It may not be the best or the most but we can all do something. I like the quote that he ascribes to Henry Van Dyke, “Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.”

This was a good book and I am going to share some more thoughts from the book on this blog

1 comment:

jkuntz said...

Thank you for commenting on Rich Stearns’ new book, The Hole in Our Gospel. This book has already had a tremendous impact on many Christians. Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Church, just bought 10,000 copies of the book to give to his congregation. Hybels told his church, “This is one of the finest books I have ever read. It is my goal to get every member of Willow Creek Church to read it.” To find out more information about the book and Stearns, you can visit You’ll find on this site a lot of great resources and supplemental material to the book. You can also read Rich’s blog and engage in a forum discussion there. It’s a fantastic site – I encourage you to check it out!