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

Should Christians Baptize on Behalf of the Dead?

In the middle of a long and detailed discussion of the resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15, Paul drops a confusing bombshell: Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf? (1 Cor. 15:29) Huh? In a... Read more

Helping Protect Your Pastor from Death by Suicide

The woes of ministry can quickly lead a pastor into the throes (and lows) of life. Andrew Stoecklein, the 30-year-old lead pastor of Inland Hills Church in Chino, California, battled anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. Hardly anyone knew of the panic attacks. After a four-month leave he came back, preaching through a series on mental... Read more

Survey Reveals Many Evangelicals Hold Unbiblical Beliefs

The Story: A new survey reveals the theological beliefs of Americans about God, sin, salvation, heaven and hell, the church, and the Bible. And the results for evangelicals arent encouraging. The Background: The 2020 Ligonier Ministries’ State of Theology survey is a biennial survey conducted by LifeWay Research that takes the theological temperature of the... Read more

Church Ministry After COVID-19: What Comes Next?

What will our church look like in this new era? This is the question many pastors are trying to think through now. Thom Rainer’s new book, The Post-Quarantine Church: Six Urgent Challenges and Opportunities That Will Determine the Future of Your Congregation, is a timely answer to this question. Rainerfounder and CEO of Church Answers... Read more

Paul Tripp on Leaders Who Wont Flame Out – 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. Collin Hansen: A number of years ago, I grew distressed with a number of friends and colleagues who had left the ministry and made controversy and scandal. I tried to learn what had... Read more

What God Taught Me on My (Unplanned) Sabbatical

A few months ago, the Lord gave me a gift I wasnt expecting. After a sudden and difficult resignation from my church, I was out of pastoral ministry. For years my wife and I had dreamed about taking a sabbatical, and now we had one. Of course, it was under circumstances much different than wed... Read more

How Should I Pray When I Want to Quit Ministry?

Every pastor is a unique person with his own gifting and personality, strengths and weaknesses; but most pastors also have several things in common. Most of us battle insecurity. Too often were workaholics and perfectionists. We tend to obsess over what others think (though we tend to deny it, especially to other pastors). We battle... Read more

Theology isn’t only for pastors and scholars

(Photo: Unsplash/Hannah Busing)Churchgoing isn't as popular as it once was, but many people may still be open to learning about the Christian perspective of God, says Ligonier Ministries CEO Chris Larson.  Larson said while there was widespread "illiteracy" about the nature of God as revealed in the Bible, and a "worldwide theological famine", the findings... Read more

How Associate Pastors Can Fight for Joy

I took my first ministry position as associate pastor of a church in Walling, Tennessee, as a stubble-faced 21-year-old. I met my wife in that church, and left from there to obtain a couple of seminary degrees. My ultimate desire was to be a lead pastor. That was 16 years ago, and Im still an... Read more

Jonathan Gibson on Teaching Obadiah

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Jonathan Gibson: Obadiah is inviting us to read this book with the backdrop of the Esau-Jacob narrative where the divine economy of the older shall serve the younger was set in the tent... Read more

3 Strategies for College Outreach During COVID-19

Though this fall semester will certainly be unlike any other, I believe there are unique opportunities for us to reach more students. Our campus team walked away from a brainstorming session with a long list of strategies that God is already using to bear fruit. Christ’s words are as applicable during COVID-19 as any other... Read more

Im a New Pastor. What Should I Do During My First Year?

Id been a part-time church staff member before. Id also done informal ministry in numerous ways for nearly a decade. But Id never been a full-time pastor until this past year. Being an associate pastor is an entirely different animal. Howd it go? By Gods grace, as best I can tell, it went well. But... Read more

Will Some Christians Smell Like Smoke on Judgment Day?

Many Christians get nervous whenever the subject of rewards is raised. To speak of praise for specific deeds performed or a life well-livedor conversely the loss of rewardsstrikes them as inconsistent with salvation by grace alone. But no amount of anxiety can justify ignoring the clear teaching of Scripture. And numerous biblical texts speak of... Read more

Whats Going on with Ezekiels Vision?

Ezekiel wasnt the first man to see Yahwehs glory cloud. The Lord had descended on Sinai in a storm cloud (Ex. 24:16). When Moses finished the tabernacle, the cloud moved from the mountain to the Most Holy Place, resting above the wings of the cherubim on the ark (Ex. 40:3435). Later, the same glory filled... Read more

The Coronavirus Cannot Keep Us from Singing

Singing unifies us. We open our mouths, herald Gods praises, and many voices join together as one. Yet, over the years, believers have had sharp debates about music and singing. Sometimes we have let our differing views threaten our harmony. The coronavirus pandemic has provided a new opportunity for Christians to disagree about singing. Some... Read more

I Was Too Young to Be a Pastor

It was the worst feeling Ive ever had in church, a gut-wrenching emptiness that sprung from a complete separation from what I felt was my lifelong calling. The music was gospel-centered. The preacher had a Spurgeon-like knack for seeing Christ in the Old Testament. Once upon a time, I wouldve loved this church service enough... Read more

Hes Still There and Hes Still Not SilentRevisiting Francis Schaeffers Classic

Editors’ note:  Taking the advice of C. S. Lewis, we want to help our readers keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, which, as he argued, can be done only by reading old books. To that end, our Rediscovering Forgotten Classics series surveys some forgotten Christian classics that remain relevant... Read more

TGC Q&A: What Is the Place of Gods Word in My Ministry?

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Colleen McFadden: When answering the question about how valuable our ministry is, if we’re not teaching the Bible, I think it would be helpful to really understand what the Bible is about and... Read more

No, Nicaea Didnt Create the Canon

Ideas have consequences. One idea that has yielded dangerous consequences is the notion that the Council of Nicaea (AD 325), under the authority of Roman emperor Constantine, established the Christian biblical canon. Did the Bible originate from a few elite bishops selecting which books to include? Should we credit a Roman emperor with creating the... Read more

How Can an Unchanging God Regret Making Saul King?

As a father, one of the most frustrating things I can do to my children is change my mind. Imagine I send the kids off for a day at school with these words: Kids, get excited because we’re going to the beach this weekend! And then, when picking them up: You know, kids, I changed... Read more

Cool Christianity Is (Still) a Bad Idea

At the beginning of the 21st century, relevance became the prevailing buzzword in Western evangelical Christianity. Sensing new urgency to make the gospel more appealing to the next generationwhich polls showed were leaving faith in greater numberspastors, church leaders, and Christian influencers tried to rebrand faith. This was the era of Relevant magazines launch, Donald... Read more

Inerrancy and Evangelicals: The Challenge for a New Generation

On July 17, 2020, renowned Anglican theologian J. I. Packer entered into his eternal reward. Packer was probably best-known for Knowing God (1973), his deep-yet-devotional introduction to the doctrine of God. But the book that had made Packer famous was his 1958 treatise, Fundamentalism and the Word of God. Like J. Gresham Machen before him,... Read more