Bobby Conway, pastor of Life Fellowship Church in Cornelius, had exactly 15 minutes to talk about his new book, “The Fi5th Gospel.”
Just the day before, he had been invited to do six radio interviews about the book. He was flying out to Little Rock, Ark., the next day for interviews with FamilyLife radio. His book was also chosen as the book of the month on “The Bible Answer Man” radio show with Hank Hanegraaff, so Conway will be on that show every Tuesday night for a month.
Conway’s new book, published in paperback by Harvest House, came out Aug. 1, and book promotions have launched a very busy season for an already busy pastor.
The book is available at Barnes and Noble, Lifeway and Amazon.
“The Fi5th Gospel” sounds like a sequel to “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown. Conway’s introduction is entitled “Releasing the Lost Gospel.” This is not a book about a secret manuscript, with sinister monks and underground societies. It is actually a book about Christian living.
The book was inspired by a quote that Conway ran across by 19th-century British evangelist Rodney (Gypsy) Smith: "There are five Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John ... and the Christian. But most people never read the first four."
The Christian is the fifth gospel.
“Our life is meant to be an apologetic,” said Conway, who hosts a video show, called “The One Minute Apologist. “Jesus left his church here to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, and there’s something about the way that we live that is supposed to show something about our King.”
The 11 chapters of “The Fi5th Gospel” attempt to answer the question of how God distinguishes ordinary Christians in the world, with chapter titles such as “Counting the Cost,” “Contagious Joy” and “The Ultimate Trump Card,” which is love.
The book addresses subjects through theological discussion, anecdotes, scripture and quotes, which come from people such as Ghandi, Bonhoeffer and St. Augustine.
Each chapter ends with discussion questions and a few short sayings, such as “If you empty the Gospel of love, you empty the Gospel of the Gospel.”
“The Fi5th Gospel” is Conway’s second book. His first was an e-book published by Multnomah called “Hell, Rob Bell, and What Happens when People Die.”
How does the senior pastor of a 900-member congregation find the time to run a church, write books, produce five “One-Minute Apologist” videos per week and also work on his PhD?
Conway said he has a great church staff and a great executive pastor, so he is able to delegate a lot of the daily business of the church to them. He thanks Life Fellowship Church in his book’s acknowledgements.
“A lot of people on their day off enjoy playing golf or whatever,” he said. “On my day off, I’m just a geek. I love to get my books and study. On my day off, I’m going to research and I’m going to write.”