To be honest, there aren’t a lot of books on current affairs that say anything new or different than what you would get on Fox, CNN, or MSNBC. Until now. David Callahan’s book "The Moral Center" is an unusually crafty and insightful book that tries to lay out a road map to a unified America by trying to build consensus in seven key areas – family, sex, media, crime, work, poverty, and patriotism.

By working from "the thick to the thin" (from what we all believe to what progressively fewer believe), he does a pretty good job…though some of his solutions trouble me. Nevertheless, this book is well worth picking up. So is Callahan’s breakout work, "The Cheating Culture."

Don’t you wish someone would do a "Moral Center" kind of thing for the church? In a way, someone did. It all begins with the gospel (the center). The problem is that some aren’t clear on what the gospel is. An interesting exercise is to ask a Christian, "In a sentence, what is the gospel?" Could you do it?

Being clear on the gospel will make us clear on a lot of other things, as well. This is God’s will for us in Jesus.