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The Gospel and the 21st-Century Mind: A Theology of Preaching the Good News First
 
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The Gospel and the 21st-Century Mind: A Theology of Preaching the Good News First [Kindle Edition]

Bryan Fraser

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In the last century we proclaimed the gospel to a boomer generation that grew up with the Judeo-Christian premises of absolute truth and fixed moral standards. Our message addressed the problem of guilt before a holy Lawgiver.

But how should we craft our gospel message for the diversity-oriented generation born since the early 1980's that doesn't bring that same pre-packaged starting point? Countless books on evangelism and apologetics insist we must convert their minds to a theistic worldview before the gospel can convert their souls; that millennials must first believe in God's law, sin, and judgment before they can believe in Jesus for eternal life.

This book offers an alternative approach that explains why the New Testament gospel does not demand such a two-step conversion for those "without law" (1 Corinthians 9:21). It lays out the biblical basis for going directly to the one problem the gospel solves for this lawless generation (hint: it's not guilt!).

The author traces the origins of our present 'legal' gospel to its roots in the Protestant Reformation and explores how the Reformers reversed the Bible's sequence of gospel before law in a manner that far overshot the simplicity of the Apostles' gospel. He clearly lays out how we have allowed many elements of post-belief discipleship to creep into our gospel that only serve to create resistance in the 21st-century mind.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gospel Barnacles Exposed May 13 2012
By A. Mealer - Published on Amazon.com
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Out of hundreds of books read, this is the most important book I've read in my life. Here's why: before you read this book, define the gospel MESSAGE. When you're less than halfway through this book, you'll change your definition.

Bryan doesn't offer us a new gospel, but he does scrape the baggage off that surrounds how we communicate the gospel. Without realizing it, we have adopted a cultural world view (and, of course, we do so believing we have a biblical view of ourselves and of the lost) and then we package the gospel in a way that communicates well to that culture/world. Problem is, that world doesn't exist anymore. And, we didn't have things pegged very well anyway.

In this book, FINALLY, postmodernism is laid out with an appreciated brevity and in simple terms that cuts through the big words and complicated intellectualism that has so far surrounded discussions about postmodern thinking. But I get it now.

I've a friend who was watching a movie with his 16 year old son. In the movie, an actor steps into a phone booth. His son was puzzled, and asked what that man was doing in the box with what looks like a telephone of some sort? I'm 61, and there are people today who have never known the world I lived in. They haven't changed their views from what I once believed--they never knew those things or heard of them. They don't have the same perspectives about truth and authority and values and moral evaluations that I grew up with, and never have. They aren't abandoning the way I thought of the world, they have seen it differently since a child. I know every generation rebels, but this is something deeper, more profound, more fundamental. And, the way we communicate the PURE and TRUE gospel needs to be clear for this new culture. We are now missionaries in a foreign land. We do need to re-examine our approach, even who we are in this world.

I've been a Christian for 40 years. Some of the pieces of the puzzle Bryan shares I knew. In other areas he addresses, I knew something was wrong, but couldn't put my finger on it. Some things, just blew me out of the water. From today, my ministry changes, the way I communicate the message of the gospel changes (not the gospel itself). The way I interact with the world around me, changes. OK, I won't finally lose that 25 pounds, but pretty much of my life is now altered.

It's not that I'm tossing 40 years of experience and gained knowledge; I'm applying it differently. When you're through with this book, you'll change your perspective from temporal to eternal.

Read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christians cannot expect a Christian World April 29 2013
By redColey - Published on Amazon.com
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Awareness of sin and guilt saves no one. Don't waste time being seeker friendly. Making the church comfortable and similar to our rule hating society only backfires. Only the kindness and gentleness of Jesus attracts the lost. He is the way, truth, and life. He has answers, power, and healing for the lost. Encourage seekers to fill their needs rather to embrace a system of theology. What a great Bible based insight on the Gospel.
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Message for the Modern Church Dec 26 2013
By J. - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been through several evangelism training courses and not one of the "methods" I learned applies to the manner in which I personally was born again. Fraser's book is the first that explains an approach that mirrors the very manner in which I came to Christ: through the unresolved problem of my own mortality. Aside from my own personal excitement over the book's content, it offers a timely message for the modern church. Fraser's message is that we cannot expect a lost world to adhere to our standards. While we continue to fight for political issues and preach our values to the masses, the purity of the gospel message is lost on individual souls.

I am not certain if Fraser is Reformed or not, but as a five-point Calvinist myself, I was really impressed by Fraser's ability to critique Calvin's understanding of the gospel while maintaining an argument that still adheres to traditional reformed values. Even though he makes an argument that God allows us to "choose" Him (which normally makes me cringe), the question of free will appears to be appropriately balanced with the reformed doctrine that I have come to know and love.

In addition to the fantastic content, the author is a skilled writer who has an above-average command of the English language. I loved the way he is able to articulate himself. Some of the quotes from the book are so good they are undeserving of paraphrase. My only complaint is the author's overuse of the word "for" as a conjunction connecting two clauses. This technique was used so often that I found it distracting. However Mr. Fraser should take this as a compliment, FOR if this is the only thing about the entire book that I could possibly criticize, then it is truly an excellent work!

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