Sunday, November 22, 2009

Great Book

I recently read a wonderful book, The Hole in Our Gospel, by Richard Stearns, the president of World Vision.  Mr. Stearns shares his life story and faith journey, from his conversion to Christianity, his rise to CEO of Lenox, his realization that the church has lost its way, his decision to accept the position at World Vision, and his journey to embrace the entire gospel. 

I want to share Mr. Stearn's own translation of Matthew 25:35-36:

"For I was hungry, while you had all you needed.  I was thirsty, but you drank bottled water.  I was a stranger, and you wanted me deported.  I needed clothes, but you needed more clothes.  I was sick, and you pointed out the behaviors that led to my sickness.  I was in prison, and you said I was getting what I deserved."
It really makes one think, doesn't it?  This book puts the spotlight on the church and how we have lost our way.  We've become more about "us" and less about those who Christ has told us to care for.  While reading this book, I couldn't put the highlighter down.  


mamasong said...

Whoa, that sounds like a "wake-up call" type of book. Thanks for sharing his translation from Matthew's gospel, I just read it to Jeremy and we were both moved.

Deanna said...

Wow. I'll be sharing that.