"By its word of the crucified, the Christian gospel gives life, brings to birth, makes faith in God possible, and turns one toward the needs of the neighbor. For Paul, such a word can repeatedly turn a dinner club or a gathering of the like-minded into a church."
This is just one example of the limpid prose of Gordon Lathrop. It's a lovely summary sentence in a chapter situating "the gospel" within the larger framework of how gospels were understood in the Greco-Roman world. It is so very seldom that I read a theologian not just for their theology, but also for their prose. Lathrop falls into this select group.
I'll be reading this book together with a large discussion group beginning in February, ably organized by an awesome organist from Houston, Texas. If you are interested in reading The Four Gospels on Sunday: The New Testament and the Reform of Christian Worship, look the group up on Facebook and join us.