"My hope lives not because I am not a sinner,
but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died..." - Spurgeon

The gospel is God’s message of good news; good news that Jesus Christ came to live, die and rise again for the forgiveness of sin to bring redeemed sinners under God’s gracious reign for the renewal of all things. The gospel brings us back home to God for life that is truly life - every day.


On Creation
Genesis Unbound, John Sailhamer
Evolution: The Challenge of the Fossil Record, Duane Gish
Darwin on Trial, Phillip Johnson
Scientific Creationism, Henry Morris
Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, Michael Denton

On Man’s nature
The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, Paul Brand and Philip Yancey
Created in God’s Image,  Anthony Hoekema
Man: The Image of God, G.C. Berkouwer
The Christian View of Man, J. Gresham Machen
The Hunger For Significance,  R.C. Sproul

On Sin
Not The Way It’s Supposed to Be, Cornelius Plantinga Jr.
Original Sin, Henri Blocher

On Gospel
Living the Cross Centered Life, CJ Mahaeny
Prodigal God, Tim Keller
Counterfeit Gods, Tim Keller
Gospel, by JD Greer
The Explicit Gospel, Matt Chandler

On Reformed Theology
Putting Amazing Back Into Grace, Michael Horton
Chosen By God, R. C. Sproul
Faith Alone, R. C. Sproul
Grace Unknown, R. C. Sproul
Willing To Believe, R. C. Sproul
Chosen for Life: The Case for Divine Election, Sam Storms

On Gospel Transformation
You Can Change, Tim Chester
How People Change, by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp


Life in the Story

It's hard not to like John Bunyan (1628-1688). Of all the Puritans, he's among my favorite. His Pilgrim's Progress, written during his imprisonment for preaching the gospel, is one of the most beloved and translated books of all time. (I highly recommend A Dangerous Journey, an adaptation of Pilgrim's Progress for kids.) John Owen, when asked by Charles II why he went to hear the uneducated Bunyan preach, famously said, "May it please your majesty, could I possess the tinker's abilities for preaching, I would willingly relinquish all my learning." He had an incredible gift for preaching to the heart. In my study for this weekend, I came across these gospel-laden treasures.

This short commercial about Derrick Coleman's (Seattle Seahawks) journey to the NFL has been getting a lot of attention leading up to the Super Bowl. Why? Because he's been deaf since he was three years old. His story is incredible and deeply moving, whether you're a football fan or not. And it got me thinking. Why do we love stories like this? Outsiders becoming insiders. Underdogs coming behind for the win. The weak overcoming the strong. The powerless out-performing the powerful. The bullied overcoming the bully. Clearly these stories are powerful, but why? Because deep down we know we are "outsiders" and remind us of our deep felt desire to be "inside". You may think I'm reading too much into this, but hang with me.

“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you...for I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and the he appeared...”
1 Cor 15:1,3-6