A BOOK REVIEW
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up and began reading Lance Ford’s Revangelical. The back cover calls upon Christians to be re-evangelized and suggests that they rediscover “what it means to live the Good News.”
This book is way more than just a cute title; in fact, after reading the book in its entirety, I’ll gladly join the ranks and would love to be called a Revangelical. Part primer on what the Gospel really is and part scolding to those who have made it something different, Lance Ford calls us to a hope-filled existence of taking back the “Good News” and living it.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes and bold statements from the book (quotations I wanted to shout “Amen!” after reading):
“Maybe it’s time to replace the ‘sinner’s prayer’ with a ‘follower’s prayer’ . . . not merely turning around, but also moving in the right direction.” Amen!
“When evangelicals allow their politics and policies to be shaped by talking heads and talk show hosts, the gospel train runs off the rails.” Amen!
“I find no evidence there has been ever been a legitimately Christian nation, and I find it hard to imagine God ever expected there to be one.” Amen!
“Our identity as Americans must bow to our identity as citizens of a higher realm.” Amen!
“How can evangelicals be so vocal, energized, and stirred up on issues and yet take positions so feebly informed by the gospel of Jesus?” Amen!
On the impact of Jesus’ friendships with unchurchy people: “We don’t really believe Jesus was an actual friend to ‘those people’ . . . surely he didn’t really like them and enjoy their company. From our twenty-first-century evangelical perspective, we figure Jesus was probably just nice to them so he could get them to come to church.” Ouch! and Amen!
‘The principle of incarnation means that Christ followers must draw close to those whom God desires to redeem.” Amen!
“Biblical justice for the poor and for immigrants is not communism or socialism. Biblical justice is the righteousness of Jesus.” Amen!
So if you haven’t figured it out yet, I loved this book! I hope that many pastors will thoroughly read each page and walk away boldly proclaiming the kingdom Gospel. Thank you Lance Ford for not cowering and for publishing the “Good News” the way it should be proclaimed. Tyndale House Publishers provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review of which I freely give.