The Gospel For Those Broken By The Church–for free

Rod Rosenbladt, emeritus professor at Concordia-Irvine and a co-host at the White Horse Inn radio program, has a presentation that has become a classic, with tapes and transcripts passed from hand to hand like samizdat novels in the former Soviet Union.  It’s called “The Gospel for Those Broken by the Church.”   Many, MANY have found it a lifesaver, indeed, a proclamation of the Gospel that is so powerful that they have come to faith.  Even long-time veterans–and casualties–of churches have come to understand through this presentation the full magnitude of the Gospel, with many embracing it for the first time.  It’s featured in a sidebar on this blog as being available from New Reformation Press.

Well, now New Reformation Press, with the support of South Orange County Outreach and Faith Lutheran Church in Capistrano, California, is making this this presentation available FOR FREE.   You can download it as an mp3 file, as a written transcript, or as a video!

I’ve heard Dr. Rosenbladt give this message in person and it blew me away, so hard-hitting and effective and pastoral it is, giving such comfort to troubled souls and making so real the full implications of Christ’s Gospel.  You want an example of evangelism?  Here it is.  It is addressed specifically to the casualties of American Christianity, to those who have become burnt out, disillusioned, and despairing due to the pressures, expectations, and culture of so many of our churches.

Listening to this presentation would be an excellent Reformation day observance.  In both its proclamation of the all-sufficient work of Christ and in its critique of churches that neglect that message, it captures what the Reformation was–and is–all about.

Get it or view the video here:   New Reformation Press » The Gospel For Those Broken By The Church.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Booklover

    Thank you.

  • Booklover

    Thank you.

  • Helen K.

    Yes, thank you so much! I’d seen the offer of the download MP3 on the website awhile back but didn’t notice a text version. I’m a much faster reader than a listener and really appreciate being able to download a transcript. That is one of my bug-a-boos…..about so much information being presented on video only. I seldom would take time to sit through one but would readily read text given the option. I miss many newstories this way as they sometimes offer only a video presentation.

  • Helen K.

    Yes, thank you so much! I’d seen the offer of the download MP3 on the website awhile back but didn’t notice a text version. I’m a much faster reader than a listener and really appreciate being able to download a transcript. That is one of my bug-a-boos…..about so much information being presented on video only. I seldom would take time to sit through one but would readily read text given the option. I miss many newstories this way as they sometimes offer only a video presentation.

  • Abby

    I have read this message over several times. It speaks of the kind of “radical grace” that is hard to get one’s mind around. Because as Luther says, “Legalism is the default mode of the human heart.” This kind of Grace is what many of the young Reformed are hammering on — like Tullian (http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tullian/2011/10/29/what-abortion/?comments#comments)

    It is the kind of Grace I have not known for many years of my life. But I do now. The filter I see things through is replaced. I see things differently now. And it is much easier to extend this Grace to others.

    I thank God for this resurrgence. I hope our Lutheran pastors will hammer on this too. I haven’t heard it in churches down through my life the way I am hearing it now. Of course, some of that is surely my fault as well.

    I’m glad you brought this to our attention again. And that you keep promoting it here on your website.

  • Abby

    I have read this message over several times. It speaks of the kind of “radical grace” that is hard to get one’s mind around. Because as Luther says, “Legalism is the default mode of the human heart.” This kind of Grace is what many of the young Reformed are hammering on — like Tullian (http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tullian/2011/10/29/what-abortion/?comments#comments)

    It is the kind of Grace I have not known for many years of my life. But I do now. The filter I see things through is replaced. I see things differently now. And it is much easier to extend this Grace to others.

    I thank God for this resurrgence. I hope our Lutheran pastors will hammer on this too. I haven’t heard it in churches down through my life the way I am hearing it now. Of course, some of that is surely my fault as well.

    I’m glad you brought this to our attention again. And that you keep promoting it here on your website.

  • Abby

    It is interesting that in the “comments” of Tullian’s article he is actually accused of being a “closet Lutheran” because of his teachings regarding Grace.

  • Abby

    It is interesting that in the “comments” of Tullian’s article he is actually accused of being a “closet Lutheran” because of his teachings regarding Grace.

  • George A. Marquart

    Here is what I wrote on this blog on 11 Dec 09:

    “I have been a Lutheran for almost 73 years since my baptism, and for most of my life I have attended services at least once a week. During that time, I met fewer than ten pastors who understood what ‘the Gospel’ is”. Actually, the real number was closer to 4. Today I heard another. Thanks be to God! Hallelujah! His name is Dr. Rosenbladt.

    It is such a joy to hear the gracious, infinitely generous Gospel, that even as John the Baptist jumped for joy in the presence of his Savior, while both were still in the womb, so my heart rejoices with unspeakable joy.

    What I find surprising though is that, before mine, there were only 4 comments to this posting. Yet, in my estimation, it is worth more than a dozen or more of the previous ones. The thought has occurred to me that in the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, our Lord may also intend to convey the thought that although the Steward has received the full Gospel, he only passes on parts of it to those in his charge. He simply cannot agree with his master that the master should pass out complete forgiveness so freely.

    Peace and great Joy!
    George A. Marquart

  • George A. Marquart

    Here is what I wrote on this blog on 11 Dec 09:

    “I have been a Lutheran for almost 73 years since my baptism, and for most of my life I have attended services at least once a week. During that time, I met fewer than ten pastors who understood what ‘the Gospel’ is”. Actually, the real number was closer to 4. Today I heard another. Thanks be to God! Hallelujah! His name is Dr. Rosenbladt.

    It is such a joy to hear the gracious, infinitely generous Gospel, that even as John the Baptist jumped for joy in the presence of his Savior, while both were still in the womb, so my heart rejoices with unspeakable joy.

    What I find surprising though is that, before mine, there were only 4 comments to this posting. Yet, in my estimation, it is worth more than a dozen or more of the previous ones. The thought has occurred to me that in the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, our Lord may also intend to convey the thought that although the Steward has received the full Gospel, he only passes on parts of it to those in his charge. He simply cannot agree with his master that the master should pass out complete forgiveness so freely.

    Peace and great Joy!
    George A. Marquart

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    I praise God, George, that this had such an impact on you. Hopefully, others will have access to this presentation, even though they didn’t comment. (By rough count, 97 people accessed the site to get a copy of Dr. Rosenbladt’s message, so I’m sure they were all similarly blessed.)

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    I praise God, George, that this had such an impact on you. Hopefully, others will have access to this presentation, even though they didn’t comment. (By rough count, 97 people accessed the site to get a copy of Dr. Rosenbladt’s message, so I’m sure they were all similarly blessed.)

  • Patrick Kyle

    Dr. Veith,

    Thanks for the link to this lecture and your kind words about Dr. Rosenbladt and NRP.

    Just so you know, at last count we had well over 700 unique visitors to our site in the last two days because of your post. (Usually we get between 80 and 150 visitors a day, depending on our posts.) There have been a couple hundred downloads of the lecture.

    Thanks again for your support

  • Patrick Kyle

    Dr. Veith,

    Thanks for the link to this lecture and your kind words about Dr. Rosenbladt and NRP.

    Just so you know, at last count we had well over 700 unique visitors to our site in the last two days because of your post. (Usually we get between 80 and 150 visitors a day, depending on our posts.) There have been a couple hundred downloads of the lecture.

    Thanks again for your support

  • George A. Marquart

    Thank you, Dr. Veith, and may our Lord continue to bless you.
    George

  • George A. Marquart

    Thank you, Dr. Veith, and may our Lord continue to bless you.
    George

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    That’s great, Patrick!

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    That’s great, Patrick!

  • Abby

    I failed to mention that the link I provided is also a story that Dr. Rosenbladt gave to Tullian, again illustrating God’s extreme Grace and love.

  • Abby

    I failed to mention that the link I provided is also a story that Dr. Rosenbladt gave to Tullian, again illustrating God’s extreme Grace and love.

  • Helen K.

    George @5. I just enjoyed reading your touching message. May the Lord of Hosts continue to bless you (and all of us as well). And thank you again, Dr. Veith. Reading some of your books has put me on a new path. So many blessings its hard to contain my gratitude.

  • Helen K.

    George @5. I just enjoyed reading your touching message. May the Lord of Hosts continue to bless you (and all of us as well). And thank you again, Dr. Veith. Reading some of your books has put me on a new path. So many blessings its hard to contain my gratitude.

  • Mary Sargent

    I popped over to “say hello” this morning and was delighted to see the high praise for this message by Dr Rod. I purchased it a few years ago from NRP and it had the same effect for me that others have claimed. I had no clue about grace as our radical Gospel proclaims. Grace always had “if” or “but” tacked to it and I was always under law but didn’t know it. You do not hear this grace taught and I agree with George, I don’t think many “get it”. But once you do, it’s like coming into a meadow from the valley of death. Nothing else will do anymore. Thanks Dr V.

  • Mary Sargent

    I popped over to “say hello” this morning and was delighted to see the high praise for this message by Dr Rod. I purchased it a few years ago from NRP and it had the same effect for me that others have claimed. I had no clue about grace as our radical Gospel proclaims. Grace always had “if” or “but” tacked to it and I was always under law but didn’t know it. You do not hear this grace taught and I agree with George, I don’t think many “get it”. But once you do, it’s like coming into a meadow from the valley of death. Nothing else will do anymore. Thanks Dr V.