The idea behind The Hole in Our Gospel is quite simple. It’s basically the belief that being a Christian, or follower of Jesus Christ, requires much more than just having a personal and transforming relationship with God. It also entails a public and transforming relationship with the world.

If your personal faith in Christ has no positive outward expression, then your faith–and mine–has a hole in it. As Johnny Cash sang, “You’re so heavenly minded, you’re no earthly good.” The apostle James felt strongly about this type of person. “Show me your faith without deeds,” he challenged, “and I will show you my faith by what I do” (James 2:18). In other words, make your faith public.

–Richard Stearns, The Hole in Our Gospel.