Simply wonderful. Reinforced the truth of the gospel as a proclamation of good news, and if any message/method doesn’t line up with that, but rather focuses on how I can be good, or win back city hall, or stop pollution, is not preaching the gospel but is preaching law.
There is a bit of repetition and too many Barna quotes at once can be depressing (both for what Barna himself believes and what he reports Evangelicals’ believing).
This book is highly recommended and easily read (I read it in one afternoon).
“Jesus was not revolutionary because he said we should love God and each other. Moses said that first. So did Buddha, Confucius, and countless other religious leaders we’ve never heard of. Madonna, Oprah, Dr. Phil, the Dali Lama, and probably a lot of Christian leaders will tell us that the point of religion is to get us to love each other. “God loves you” doesn’t stir the world’s opposition. However, start talking about God’s absolute authority, holiness, … Christ’s substitutionary atonement, justification apart from works, the necessity of new birth, repentance, baptism, Communion, and the future judgment, and the mood in the room changes considerably.”