Stop Speaking Gospelish

J. A. Medders | March 6, 2017

I’m Hispanic—at least my birth certificate says so. My mom is from Mexico City, my dad from Dallas. Most assume I speak Spanish, which has its perks living in Houston. Am I fluent? No way. Even though I grew up with a Spanish-speaking mother, and mi abuelito y abuelita (grandpa and grandma) only speak Spanish, and I took two years of Spanish in high school, I’m still not able to speak the language. My accent will fool you with the few things I can say. I sound fluent. But eventually, I’m lost. The jig is up. I need help.

I think a lot of Christians know just enough disconnected Bible verses and gospel jargon to get by. They know enough to get through a membership class, but what about Paul’s charge to “live your life worthy of the gospel of Christ” (Phil. 1:27)? In Gospel Fluency: Speaking the Truths of Jesus into the Everyday Stuff of Life, Jeff Vanderstelt gives a new metaphor for learning to live the gospel-centered life. Fluency in the truths of the gospel is what we need.

Vanderstelt—lead teaching pastor of Doxa Church in Bellevue, Washington—guides us through the gospel and its shockwaves in our lives, helping us to let the words…

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