What is the Gospel? This is a really important question, and a timely book (because legitimately there’s a lot of talk about the gospel within the religious landscape right now). Gilbert’s answer in four words: God. Man. Christ. Response. This book seems to have been written both to clarify the gospel for the average person, and to help guard against what the author feels are slight distortions of the gospel message prevalent within evangelical circles today (e.g. those focusing too heavily on the kingdom of God in the here and now, those re-articulating the gospel mainly in meta-narrative language rather than penal substitutionary language, and perhaps those whom Gilbert feels are listening too closely to authors such as Leslie Newbigin, N. T. Wright, Rob Bell, Brian McLaren, etc.*). My opinion on the book: challenging, thought-provoking, and helpful; though, perhaps slightly lacking some nuance that I might have preferred about the kingdom / gospel / meta-narrative discussion (not that I necessarily disagree with Gilbert’s conclusions).
Verdict: Read it. It’s a quick read. And let it challenge you to think hard about the gospel.
Four out of Five Black Cups of Coffee.
*this is just my guess