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I wrote a new book which came out last Easter just after the first lockdown started, and so, well, even I sort of forgot about it. But, I eventually got my hands on a few copies, so, I'd like to give two of them away.  The book is about the theology of the founders of the Apostolic Church, so it should hopefully be of interest to Apostolic pastors, which means one of the copies is reserved for any pastor in the Apostolic Church. The other copy is for anyone in the UK (because international postage is too expensive, sorry!). Here's the link to enter the competition. (I've never tried making a competition before, so sorry if it's not the most slick!) There are four ways to enter.  1) Subscribe to the blog by email. 2) Follow me on Twitter. 3) Tweet about the competition using via the competition page above.  4) For the pastor copy, any pastor can email me at the address in the Apostolic Church UK Staff Address Book.  You can see the full table of contents on the Google b

Avoiding Gospel Confusion: A Literary Help


Anyway, I read this excerpt from Bo Giertz's Hammer of God this evening, and thought that it helpfully explained a point I was trying to make in my chapel sermon this week. (For those who weren't there, I was preaching on Getting the Gospel Right, and mentioned how sometimes stock expressions that have been used to tell people how to respond to the Gospel have taken on lives of their own, so much so that they eclipse the Gospel itself).

"But sir, if you do not give your heart to Jesus, you cannot be saved."- The young pastor

"You are right, my boy. And it is just as true that, if you think you are saved because you give Jesus your heart, you will not be saved. You see, my boy," he continued reassuringly, as he continued to look at the young pastor's face, in which uncertainty and resentment were shown in a struggle for the upper hand, "it is one thing to choose Jesus as one's Lord and Savior, to give him one's heart and commit oneself to him, and that he now accepts one into his little flock;
it is a very different thing to believe on him as a Redeemer of sinners, of whom one is chief. One does not choose a Redeemer for oneself, you understand, nor give one's heart to him. The heart is a rusty old can on a junk heap. A fine birthday gift, indeed! But a wonderful Lord passes by, and has mercy on the wretched tin can, sticks his walking cane through it, and rescues it from the junk pile and takes it home with him. That is how it is" -The Rector
Bo Giertz, The Hammer of God, p. 123

The Gospel is not about what we can do for God, what we can offer. It's all about God rescuing the ruined. Anyway, this has made me want to read The Hammer of God even more. Recently I can't seem to stop tripping over glowing recommendations of this book (and anything else by Bo Giertz for that matter).