The word “gospel” or “good news” sits at the center of the Christian faith. But it’s usage in the English-speaking world has declined over the last century.

What do most Americans think it means?

I refer extensively to this term throughout my book, “Learning to Speak God from Scratch,” but I wanted to dig deeper.

So I went down to Times Square to interview strangers about this, and was surprised to find that the answers varied so widely depending on race, geography, and religious background.  For example, those from the South thought of it as a music genre. Some others said it meant “preaching.”

WATCH EPISODE 4 OF MY YOUTUBE SHORT SERIES: “What do Americans think about the word ‘gospel?'”

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