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Hello Blogosphere! It has been quite some time since you’ve heard from me, but I’m back and ready to blog. Why the long absence, you might ask? Well, perhaps it was because I wanted to see how long it would take for absolutely no one to visit this site in an entire month. If that is the case, then mission accomplished! But, the truth is that I had a number of responsibilities that meant that I was blogging elsewhere and thinking about other things that might have been of interest to our faithful reader(s) here at R&P.

Regardless of the reason, I’m back, and I’ve got to tell you that I’m really excited about an upcoming series of posts on the Gospel. I’ve been reflecting quite a bit on the Good News recently and it’s spilling out in my life in various ways. These posts aren’t so much to tell you what to think about the Gospel so much as it is one more venue in which I can grow my own understanding of the glorious good news.

What will these series include.  I’m not 100% sure.  But, here’s what I do know.  I’ve been thinking a lot of what the Gospel is and isn’t, so we’ll talk about that.  I’ve noticed a ton of stuff written recently about the Gospel or being Gospel-Centered, Cross-Centered, Christ-Centered, etc.  I’ll be reviewing some of those resources.  Also, I’ll probably share some great quotes here and there that I find, including old hymns or new choruses that illustrate something important for us.

Lastly, I want to focus on what the Gospel has to offer believers…and I’m going to argue that while the Gospel is for non-believers, it is even more so for believers.  Or said differently, the Gospel is for sinners – whether believing or unbelieving.  And I think that, while many have talked about how a simplistic understanding of the Gospel has negatively affected our outreach, our spiritual formation as individuals and communities belonging to God have been negatively affected much, much more.

So, be watching and tell your friends. I’d love as much of your reflection and input as you have time to give.

Blessings all, Monsieur S.