In Vanishing Grace, Philip Yancey shows the desperate need our world has for grace, and how Christians can truly make the gospel good news again. Explore what kind of news is good to a culture that thinks it has rejected the Christian version. Hear illuminating stories from former cynics who have been disarmed by expressions of grace, and from radical Christians who have expressed their faith by rescuing the suffering, addressing injustice, forgiving the unforgivable, and in short, believing their gospel is good news.
A problem has emerged with how Christians are conveying God's grace to the world. In our polarized, divided world, grace seems to be in vanishing supply. Gabe Lyons discusses the growing hostility towards Christians, and how we need to move people from cynical to skeptical, from skeptical to curious. We need to get better at believing we have good news.
Many evangelism techniques simply don't work in a post-Christian environment. Love is the essence of what we're supposed to be about. Former radical feminist Rosaria Butterfield tells her story of a pastor who saw her not as a lesbian sinner, but as a soul, and in disarming her with hospitality and love he helped her experience God's grace and find faith.
This session features people who use their unique gifts to administer God's grace. Holly Burkhalter was bitter towards God after seeing the Rwandan genocide, but she was drawn to faith by watching Gary Haugen and his team at International Justice Mission care for suffering people. After 9/11, Makoto Fujimura used art to offer a place of refuge and connection to people at ground zero.
In times of tragedy, we have the message of good news. Citing the Virginia Tech shootings, Columbine, the Aurora theater shootings, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, the Boston Marathon bombing, they all raise the question of Where is God when it hurts? But the harder question is, Where is no god when it hurts? Atheists keep quiet after tragedies, but Christians move in to bring comfort and help.
Our culture glorifies winners, not losers. But Christians are called to be counter cultural, responding to hostility with love. That's what Wilma and Cliff Derksen did when they forgave the abductor and murderer of their daughter. They tell the story of how Malcolm Gladwell was so struck with their story that he became a Christian after writing about them in his book, David and Goliath.