The Gospel Coalition continues to prove to be a valuable resource to many pastors and church members alike. The coalition stands on the conviction that the cross and resurrection are the culminating events in history. Everything, past, present or future, flows from and through God's purpose of redeeming humanity through the life, death and resurrection of Christ. To put it another way, we have nothing to say about anything without grounding it first in the person and work of Christ. The Gospel is far more than the "tipping point into the kingdom." It is pervasive:
"Not only does the gospel of Jesus Christ gather into itself all the trajectories of Scripture, but under the terms of the new covenant, all of Christian life and thought grow out of what Jesus has accomplished. This good news not only declares that God justifies sinners so that our status before him is secured but also that he regenerates us and establishes us in his saving kingdom" (21).
The Gospel as Center is a book edited by Carson and Keller as an extension of the ministry of The Gospel Coalition that aims to put to paper in one volume a gospel-centered understanding of a few key biblical themes. The book devotes individual chapters to issues such as epistemology, hermeneutics, creation, fall, redemption, justification, new creation, etc. Each chapter is written by a different author, but each chapter has the aim of demonstrating the centrality of the gospel as it relates to the issue being discussed.
This is a book founded on the commitment that as the culture changes to a post-Christian society it is all the more important to keep central what God has meant to be central. As some churches reconstruct doctrine to accommodate a changing environment and as others put up higher walls, The Gospel as Center aims be committed to gospel saturated theology that takes into account the culture in which individual churches find themselves. This is a valuable resource in thinking through how to do gospel-centered ministry in today's increasingly skeptical environment.
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book by Crossway for the purposes of this review with no obligation of writing a positive review.