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The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World

The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World

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  • Christian Life
  • Spiritual Growth
  • The Hole in our Gospel
  • Richard Stearns

WHAT DOES GOD EXPECT OF US? 

Is our faith just about going to church, studying the Bible and avoiding the most serious sins-or does God expect more?

Have we embraced the whole gospel or a gospel with a hole in it?

Ten years ago, Rich Stearns came face-to-face with that question as he sat in a mud hut in Rakai, Uganda, listening to the heartbreaking story of an orphaned child. Stearns’ journey there took much more than a long flight to Africa. It took answering God’s call on his life, a call that tore him out of his corner office at one of America’s most prestigious corporations-to walk with the poorest of the poor in our world.

The Hole in Our Gospel is the compelling true story of a corporate CEO who setaside worldly success for something far more significant, and discovered the full power of the gospel of Jesus Christ to change his own life. He uses his journey to demonstrate how the gospel-the whole gospel-was always meant  to be a world changing social revolution, a revolution that begins with us.

ECPA 2010 Christian Book of the Year Award Winner!

“Read this compelling story and urgent call for change-Richard Stearns is a contemporary Amos crying ‘let justice roll down like waters….’  Justice is a serious gospel-prophetic mandate.  Far too many American Christians for too long a time have left the cause to ‘others.’  Read it as an altar call.”

–Eugene H. Peterson, translator of The Message, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, BC

“Rich Stearns calls us to exhilarating obedience to God’s life-altering, world-changing command to reflect his love to our neighbors at home and globally. The Hole in Our Gospel is imbued with the hope of what is possible when God’s people are transformed to live radically in light of his great love.”

–Gary Haugen, President & CEO, International Justice Mission 

“Richard Stearns is quite simply one of the finest leaders I have ever known…. When he became president of World Vision I had a front row seat to witness the way God used his mind and heart to inspire thousands…. His new book, The Hole In Our Gospel will call you to a higher level of discipleship…. Now is the time…Richard Stearns has the strategy…your move!”

–Bill Hybels, Founding and Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, IL

“Rich Stearns has given us a book that makes absolutely clear what God hopes for and expects from each of us…. He reminded me of my personal responsibilities and the priority I must give them and also where life’s true rewards and fulfillment are to be found.”

Jim Morris, former executive director, United Nations World Food Program

“World Vision plays a strategic role on our globe. As the largest relief organization in the history of the world, they initiate care and respond to crisis. Rich Stearns navigates this mercy mission with great skill. His book urges us to think again about the opportunity to love our neighbor and comfort the afflicted. His message is timely and needed. May God bless him, the mission of World Vision and all who embrace it.”

–Max Lucado, author of 3:16-The Numbers of Hope, Minister of Writing and Preaching, Oak Hills Church, San Antonio, TX

“Rich Stearns has penned a passionate and persuasive book aimed at Christians who find themselves absorbed with their own existence, pursuing the American dream of health, wealth and happiness.  Rich traces his own spiritual journey from having it all, to sacrificial living on behalf of those who have nothing.  Not only is Rich eloquent, he’s right.”

–Kay Warren, Executive Director HIV/AIDS Initiative at Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA

“An urgent, powerful summons to live like Jesus. Stearns weaves solid theology, moving stories, and his own journey of faith into a compelling call to live the whole Gospel. Highly recommended!”

–Ronald J. Sider, President, Evangelicals for Social Action, Author of Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger

“With passionate urging and earnestness, Rich Stearns challenges Christians to embrace the whole Gospel of Jesus Christ by embracing the neediest and most vulnerable among us.  After reading the moving stories, the compelling facts and figures, and Stearns’ excellent application of scripture and his own experiences at World Vision, you will no doubt be asking yourself: What should I do?”

–Chuck Colson, Founder, Prison Fellowship

“This book is a clarion call for the church to arise and answer the question, “Who is my neighbor?”… If you read this book, you will be inspired, but if you do what this book is asking, you will be forever changed. Rich Stearns’ book is like a safari for hurting souls that cannot be written in the safety of an office suite…. If you have been feeling something missing or an aching emptiness inside, read The Hole in our Gospel.  It will show you how to fill that void!”

–T.D. Jakes Sr., The Potter’s House of Dallas, Inc.

“Rich Stearns’ book is showing us through stories and examples how it is better to see a sermon rather than hear one.  This is an important book for all of us!”

–Tony Hall, US Ambassador and former US Congressman

“This is much more than “just another book” from a Christian leader.  It’s a message to Christendom that we all need.”

–Dr. Tony Campolo, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Eastern University, author of Red Letter Christians 

“This book represents a powerful personal story; face to face experiences with the poor which changed the author’s life, plus, an insightful scriptural commentary.  As happened with Bob Pierce, founder of World Vision; Richard Stearns’ heart has been broken with the things that break the heart of God.   Now, Stearns is using his considerable CEO skills to serve the poor and oppressed.  I highly recommend this book.”

–John M. Perkins, President, John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation & Development, Inc.

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Before You Go: A Few Sneaky-Good Questions Every Minister Must Answer Before Moving to a New Church

Before You Go: A Few Sneaky-Good Questions Every Minister Must Answer Before Moving to a New Church

Who should read Before You Go?

1. All Minister/Pastor types who are thinking about changing churches.
While written from the perspective a Lead Pastor, it will also be a helpful read for ministers filling other staff roles.

2. Members of search teams looking to improve their search process.
It will give search teams insights into what candidates may be thinking throughout the process, as well as some deeper questions to explore during the interview.

3. Ministers who have recently moved to a new church.
Much of what is in the book applies to the first year of ministry at a new church too.

4. Church leaders: Elders, Deacons, Staff, Ministry Leaders, and Volunteers.
Staff transitions are a critical aspect of church life. Every church leader needs to be aware of the behind-the-scenes complexities described in Before You Go.

5. Anyone making a career transition.
Many of the principles in this book apply to other professions and organizations.Who should read Before You Go?

1. All Minister/Pastor types who are thinking about changing churches.
While written from the perspective a Lead Pastor, it will also be a helpful read for ministers filling other staff roles.

2. Members of search teams looking to improve their search process.
It will give search teams insights into what candidates may be thinking throughout the process, as well as some deeper questions to explore during the interview.

3. Ministers who have recently moved to a new church.
Much of what is in the book applies to the first year of ministry at a new church too.

4. Church leaders: Elders, Deacons, Staff, Ministry Leaders, and Volunteers.
Staff transitions are a critical aspect of church life. Every church leader needs to be aware of the behind-the-scenes complexities described in Before You Go.

5. Anyone making a career transition.
Many of the principles in this book apply to other professions and organizations.

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Title Offers Much-Needed Answer to Decline of Christian Churches

Longwood, FL (PRWEB) December 31, 2009

A vast majority of all Christian churches are declining or just maintaining the status quo. Thousands of church growth books have been written addressing this subject, but Xulon Press author Dr. Robert A. Young’s latest endeavor, How to Lead a Church to Reach People and Grow – Combining Basic Growth and Administrative Principles (.99, paperback, 978-1-60791-857-8), is unique in that it presents the necessary preparation a church must make to reach new people, but also gives the church growth techniques and principles that have worked in other churches. This practical guide will resonate with readers who want their churches to function efficiently and effectively, and reach people for Christ.

“With a majority of all Christian churches declining amid growing population, this book offers a much-needed answer to the problem,” the author says. “It addresses almost every area of church life and offers hundreds of ideas and suggestions to put a church back on the path to accomplishing its purpose. If the 15 steps are followed in the correct order, the church can be assured of growth and reaching new people.”

Young has served 50 years in churches and as a consultant in the areas of church growth and administration. He is currently president of Samuelite Corp., Church Outreach and Consulting and has previously written a book titled The Development of a Church Manual of Administrative Policies. It is his hope this book will further his work of helping churches accomplish their purpose–reaching people for Christ.

Dr. Robert A. Young currently resides in Jefferson City, Tennessee.

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world’s largest Christian publisher, with more than 7,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order How to Lead a Church to Reach People and Grow through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. How to Lead a Church to Reach People and Grow is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.

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