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The Gospel & Me & You

My personal journey in preaching the gospel

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I first heard the gospel in my late teens. Before then, I'd only heard it in fragments at best, in caricature at worst—either a hasty, cobbled-together version that was hard to make coherent, or a gaudy, cartoonish version that was hard to find credible.

At 18, scrawny and chippy, I heard the real thing: the Good News in all its tenderness and fierceness, beauty and terror. It told me, without euphemism, the deep trouble I was in, and offered me, without sentimentalism, the deep remedy I could have, free for the asking. I heard about Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I heard about God—not the god I'd imagined who was sometimes doddering and indulgent or sputtering and belligerent, but God: majestic, just, loving, and bent on my eternal good.


But I fought it anyway. I fought it because of the good news. Like the first disciples, I could not believe it for joy and amazement. It seemed too good to be true. And I fought it in spite of the good news. The gospel demanded of me ...

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Todd Bruneski

October 03, 2008  11:04am

Mark, I love your gifts and skill in weaving words and concepts together in a way that makes us say, "Yeah, that's it! That's what we're talkin' about!" I came to this article late, but you inspired me today.

George Mansfield

July 31, 2008  12:00am

Mark, this is an amazing message. I have been preaching the good news for some 40 years and have never heard a better unfolding of this beautiful truth. God bless. George Mansfield

Daniel DeVilder

June 23, 2008  10:45am

very helpful in inspiring a broader, people-moving-and-transforming perspective of the gospel and the kingdom.

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