Plough: This year saw publication of your book Unfinished: Filling the Hole in Our Gospel. What is the hole in our gospel?

Richard Stearns: The gospel is not just good news about personal salvation – it is that, certainly, but it’s so much more! At the beginning of the Gospel of Luke, when Jesus gave one of his first public statements, he read from Isaiah – something which served as a mission statement for him:

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.