Critical reviews (by Lutheran pastors and church musicians) of books and other resources for Christian worship, preaching, and church music from a perspective rooted in Holy Scripture, the Lutheran Confessions and good common sense. LHP Quarterly Book Review asks, "Is it worth the money to buy, the time to read, the shelf space to store, and the effort to teach?"
FW: The Gospel For Those Broken By The Church–for free
Feed: Cranach: The Blog of Veith Posted on: Monday, October 31, 2011 3:31 AM Author: Gene Veith Subject: The Gospel For Those Broken By The Church–for free
Rod Rosenbladt, emeritus professor at Concordia-Irvine and a co-host at the White Horse Inn radio program, has a presentation that has become a classic, with tapes and transcripts passed from hand to hand like samizdat novels in the former Soviet Union. It's called "The Gospel for Those Broken by the Church." Many, MANY have found it a lifesaver, indeed, a proclamation of the Gospel that is so powerful that they have come to faith. Even long-time veterans–and casualties–of churches have come to understand through this presentation the full magnitude of the Gospel, with many embracing it for the first time. It's featured in a sidebar on this blog as being available from New Reformation Press.
Well, now New Reformation Press, with the support of South Orange County Outreach and Faith Lutheran Church in Capistrano, California, is making this this presentation available FOR FREE. You can download it as an mp3 file, as a written transcript, or as a video!
I've heard Dr. Rosenbladt give this message in person and it blew me away, so hard-hitting and effective and pastoral it is, giving such comfort to troubled souls and making so real the full implications of Christ's Gospel. You want an example of evangelism? Here it is. It is addressed specifically to the casualties of American Christianity, to those who have become burnt out, disillusioned, and despairing due to the pressures, expectations, and culture of so many of our churches.
Listening to this presentation would be an excellent Reformation day observance. In both its proclamation of the all-sufficient work of Christ and in its critique of churches that neglect that message, it captures what the Reformation was–and is–all about.