Autobiographical in structure and content, Tchividjian's tome teaches us how a grandson of Billy Graham came to occupy the former pulpit of D. James Kennedy. It is the story of how a thriving mission start merged with an established congregation and how a theology of the cross helped pastor, leaders, and congregants to comfort, direction, and sufficiency in Christ alone.
Matt Chandler is the lead pastor of The Village Church, a multi-campus church in the Dallas metroplex of over 10,000 people. His sermons are among the topselling (free) podcasts on itunes and he speaks at conferences worldwide. Prior to accepting the pastorate at The Village, Matt had a vibrant itinerant ministry for over ten years where he spoke to hundreds of thousands of people in America and abroad about the glory of God and beauty of Jesus. He lives in Texas with his wife, Lauren, and their three children: Audrey, Reid and Norah. (publisher's website)
There is a lot to critique here from a Lutheran perspective, from growing up in the church but saying "No one ever taught me that" (12), to a Calvinist bias (53), buzzwords (145), unexplained rapture references (160), and the CCM "sound-alike" band Christian "ghetto" (204).
I want to encourage you to begin, and with some of you, continue to make the gospel explicit in your relationships. Don't waste life by living an assumed gospel; rather, flesh it out and connect the dots for yourself and those around you. Talke with your spouse how Christ's person and work relates to everything. Pass this on to your kids. Mention Christ. Talk about Christ. Point to Christ. Relate to Christ. Oftentimes where the gospel is assumed, it is quickly lost (224).