The gospel. The good news. Too often we boil it down to four steps, an easily memorized list of axioms, a diagram on the back of a napkin. But in the midst of all this, we seem to lose the wonder, poetry, and transformational nature of the gospel.
In ViralHope: Good News from the Urbs to the Burbs, fifty authors take on the task of sharing the good news for their city, together weaving a beautiful tapestry of the gospel in all its depth and complexity. These essays reveal how the gospel lives and breathes in neighborhoods around the world.
ViralHope is a refreshing book for a church that needs to be refreshed. I love its message and I love the people and I love the story of how the book grew up from a series of blog posts based on a question about the good news of Jesus Christ. JR Woodward, like a symphony conductor, brings together dozens of distinct voices that sing into harmony the sweet voice of hope in both the urban centers and suburban crawl, the global web and the local newspaper, some unconnected and unassuming blog posts and the full-fledged book that emerges from it. The focus of the book is the good news about a risen Christ and a rising community that lives out the message of this hope in different ways. It’s a hope that connects the dots into one picture but also allows the wonderful diversity of that hope to find new and vibrant expressions in each city. I have visited most of those cities and have enjoyed meeting many of this book’s authors. They are people who are sowing the seed of this good news in their localities and are coming to be defined by the hope that characterizes it. And that’s a good thing. A very good thing.