— Kevin DeYoung (@RevKevDeYoung) April 10, 2014
the tweet is from kevin deyoung, a prolific blogger, preacher and author who has about 42,000 more twitter followers than me. he writes for The Gospel Coalition, which was rated one of the top 25 christian blogs for ministry in a recent analysis. his personal blog, DeYoung, Restless and Reformed did even better, landing at #12.
that’s a lot of readers. a lot of influence. a lot of responsibility.
the hashtag referenced in the tweet, #T4G14, stands for ‘Together for the Gospel‘ a well attended biennial conference for pastors and church leaders with big name speakers such as john piper, al mohler, david platt, matt chandler, john macarthur, mark dever (whose talk was quoted in the tweet) and… kevin deyoung.
these guys are professional gospel proclaimers with huge platforms, teaching at a conference all about the proclamation of that same good news.
the above proclamation of ‘no good news’ for some seems in direct contrast to the original gospel proclamation in the second chapter of the gospel of luke ::
But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all people…‘
isn’t there a difference here? are we talking about same good news? or is this bad news? shouldn’t our understanding and proclamation of the gospel reflect the grace, compassion, hope and joy present – for all people - in its initial proclamation by heavenly messengers?
i could be wrong, and i don’t intend to impose my perspective on you – but either way this could be an interesting conversation between us.
what do you think?