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Dont Underestimate 12 Thessalonians

Two thousand years have passed since Paul penned 12 Thessalonians. The Roman Empire, and the ancient city of Thessalonica, have been reduced to rubble. You can buy a ticket to tour the ruins. The Greco-Roman godsonce the object of so much worship, devotion, sacrifice, and hopehave been relegated to museums and the occasional Disney film.... Read more

Why Progressive Christianity Cant Bring Reformation

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Collin Hansen: Time for another reformation has been a rallying cry of many Protestants since, well, the original Protestant Reformation. And in the last 20 years, you’ve heard this cry from a particular... Read more

What Should a Pastor Do When He Doesnt Know What to Say?

It happens to all of us. Maybe its in a moment of community tragedy, or when a long-time church member confesses a shocking sin. Perhaps your child reveals a secret struggle, or a dear friend shares news of a diagnosis. The information hits your brain, but youre not quite sure what to do with it.... Read more

What Does It Mean to Fill Up Whats Lacking in Christs Afflictions?

The book of Colossians will make you scratch your head. In this little letter, Paul refers to Jesus as the firstborn of all creation (Col. 1:15), talks about the circumcision of Christ (2:11), refers to strange worship practices (2:18, 23), and mentions his unknown epistle to Laodicea (4:16)just to mention a few tricky passages. But... Read more

TGC Podcast: Leaders Need Tough Hides and Tender Hearts

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Dan Doriani: First of all let me say welcome to all of you and I find it mildly amusing that two hours ago, I was telling my friend Phil [Reichen] you may need... Read more

Recovering an Overlooked Verse on Missions: The Promise of Philippians 1:6

Editors’ note:  Take part in TGCs Read the Bible initiative, where were encouraging Christians and churches to read together through Gods Word in a year. Philippians 1:6 is one of the most familiar verses in Scripture. You may know it well: He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at... Read more

What Bible Passage Do You Treasure Most? – The Gospel Coalition

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Jason Cook: Yeah, for me, it would be 1 Corinthians 1:18. I was at a season in college when I was trying to figure out what it meant to walk with Jesus at... Read more

The White Savior Complex in Missions?

In 2009, 19-year-old Renee Bach left the United States for rural Uganda, called by Jesus to serve. Between 2010 and 2015, she took in nearly 1,000 malnourished children at the ministry she founded, Serving His Children. She had a popular blog and became a well-known missionary, admired by many in the United States as someone... Read more

Beware the Hero Pastor

Many pastors can relate to the following experience (loosely based on my everyday pastoral life; all names changed to protect the innocent): Church member John emails the latest sermon excerpt from his favorite celebrity pastor. He wants me to listen and give feedback. For John, this is often a veiled attempt to humblebrag about his... Read more

TGC Q&A: What Would Be Different Without Christs Resurrection?

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Rico Tice: How would the world be different if Christ had not risen from the dead? Scott Oliphint: Right. Probably the main difference if Christ has not been raised from the dead, is... Read more

How Things Have Changed: Reflections of a Millennial Pastor in a Gen Z World

Pastoring on a college campus less than 15 years removed from my own graduation gives me a front-row seat to the remarkable cultural changes underway among young people today. I attended a school quite like the one where I now serve as a campus minister for Reformed University Fellowship (RUF)an elite private university attracting the... Read more

Celebrating the Legacy of Herman Bavinck: An Interview with James Eglinton

It has been a prodigious decade for Dutch Reformed theologian Herman Bavinck (18541921). The translation of his four-volume work into English at the turn of the century sparked a surge of scholarly and pastoral interest, and new editions and translations of his works, along with new academic monographshave rapidly multiplied. This is, of course, with... Read more

Hebrew and Greek Arent Just for Pastors

I remember daydreaming at my desk in the moments before my first seminary Greek class began. Finallythe New Testament will be clear. All those tricky passages Ive never understood will make sense, and exegesis will be a piece of cake! That misguided dream died five minutes later when my professor offered this humbling bit of... Read more

God or Satan? On Davids Sin in 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles

Given our weakness, why would God ever lead us . . . into temptation? Martin Luther provided one answer: Unus Christianus temptatus milleOne Christian who has been tempted is worth a thousand [who have never been tempted]. God works in our lives through temptation. That was true of the Lord Jesus. For him, temptation was... Read more

Tim Keller on Race, Justice, and Other Uncontroversial Stuff

Tim Keller, co-founder of TGC, has just completed a series of essays on the Bible’s view of race and justiceand how it compares to the reigning paradigms of our day. Altogether the series totals more than 37,000 wordsa book-length treatment. Here are the installments: “The Bible and Race” (2,700 words) “The Sin of Racism” (4,600... Read more

The Blessing of (Good) Authority: Lessons from a Kings Last Words

Editors’ note:  Take part in TGCs Read the Bible initiative, where were encouraging Christians and churches to read together through Gods Word in a year. People today are scared of authority. Yet should they be? From elementary school through graduate school, Western educators teach us to question authority, the authority of the church because it... Read more

When God Says No to Your Earnest Prayers

Amys cancer appeared with a vengeance. She was a faithful wife and loving mother of three young children. Her diagnosis was grave, but her faith was great. She knew her God is good and that he could heal her. So, she prayed. Her husband prayed. Her children prayed. Our church prayed. We pleaded for God... Read more

You Dont Have to Do It All

Im a 38-year pastoral veteran, now serving in a semi-urban, multi-ethnic congregation. I’ve never felt more overwhelmed. Though I’m not necessarily clocking in more pastoral hours, I am investing more grief and empathynot to mention all the hours mulling over the threat to (and opportunity for) love, justice, unity, and mission that todays issues present.... Read more

3 Reasons Evangelicals Shouldnt Become Roman Catholic

The much-publicized “reversion” of formerChristianity Today editor Mark Galli (he’d been baptized in the Roman Catholic Church as a child) quite naturally leads thoughtful sons and daughters of the Reformation to evaluate the biblical and theological support beams of their faith. After all, if someone who’d ascended to the summit of an evangelical magazine founded... Read more

Introducing TGC Essays: Theology for the Global Church

For more than a decade, The Gospel Coalition has been publishing a wide range of articles, podcasts, videos, books, and more. This work is driven by an observation in our Foundation Documents: We have become deeply concerned about some movements within traditional evangelicalism that seem to be diminishing the churchs life and leading us away... Read more

What Taking the Lords Name in Vain Means

Life continues amid a pandemic, but it seems weve lost the stability we once enjoyed, both as individuals and also as a church. The hour is desperate. How should we respond? One option is to complain, feel pity for ourselves, and blame God. A more faithful option is found in an erudite and compelling new... Read more

The Gospel Coalition Podcast: Literary Tools to Understand Deborah

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Kathleen Nielson: It is a delight to spend the session digging into the Old Testament story of Deborah together. At the start, I would like to mention four specific goals for this session.... Read more

Pre-Order New Edition of Wayne Grudems Systematic Theology

Wayne Grudem is distinguished research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary in Phoenix, Arizona. The author of more than 25 books, he is the author of Systematic Theology, releasing later this year in a new edition for the first time. What led you to write Systematic Theology? When I first started teaching... Read more

See Jesus in the Jewish Fall Feasts

Perhaps the clearest Old Testament foreshadowing of Jesus is the Passover lamb, which was sacrificed as a symbolic substitute for the Israelites sin, delivering them from death and freeing them to begin their journey to the Promised Land (Ex. 12:128). So too Jesus, the lamb of God, was slain to ransom us (1 Cor. 5:7;... Read more

3 Lessons from Davids Fall and Forgiveness

Editors’ note:  Take part in TGCs Read the Bible initiative, where were encouraging Christians and churches to read together through Gods Word in a year. As we face our sin, we have to navigate between two unbiblical ditches. One is despairing that our sin is beyond forgiveness. The other is carelessly thinking we can violate... Read more

Good Leaders Embrace Their Limits

Editors’ note:  This article is published in partnership with Crossway and adapted from Lead by Paul David Tripp, 2020. Used by permission of Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, crossway.org. Once I was speaking at a mens conference and was asked if I could choose a superpower, what it would be. Others had... Read more

Gods Voice Isnt as Hidden as You Think

Many non-Christians have argued that if God were real, he would speak audibly or show himself to those who ask. Atheist Bertrand Russell was once asked what he would say to God if he faced him in the next life. Russell’s response: God, you gave us insufficient evidence. Non-Christians aren’t the only ones who struggle... Read more

On My Failing Flesh (and the Flesh of Jesus)

It was a rough July. Twice I was unexpectedly hospitalized and needed the whole nine yards of medical intervention: ER, ICU, and regular hospitalization. No, not for the reason you might expect. In fact, Ive tested negative for COVID-19 twice. Ive never tried to hide my age, but I have recently bragged in print that... Read more