Learn from Suffering Siblings in Faraway Lands
March 28, 2021 • Mindy Belz
Mindy Belz taught a workshop during the The Gospel Coalition 2018 Women’s Conference titled “The Wilderness Experiences: How God’s Suffering People in Faraway Lands Can Teach Us in the West.” Recounting her experiences as a journalist and the deep oppression she witnessed toward religious people—Christians, in particular—around the world, she addressed the systems and situations that have led to such oppression and continue to drive it now. She also offered lessons from the persecuted believers that can only be learned through facing down oppression.
Discipling College Students for the Long Haul
March 21, 2021 • Aimee Joseph, Kori Porter, Danielle Sallade, Shar Walker.
The Gospel Coalition hosted a workshop during the 2018 Women’s Conference titled “University and Beyond: Discipling Students for a Lifetime with Christ” with Aimee Joseph, Kori Porter, Danielle Sallade, and Shar Walker. The panel discussed the importance of intentional discipleship that prepares college students to follow Christ long after their university days are behind them. They addressed key elements of discipleship, teaching versus sharing, content and context of relational discipleship, biblical literacy, glorifying Christ through their studies, apologetics, facing cultural issues with a biblical worldview, and a number of other topics regarding best practices for leading college students into deep, lasting relationship with Christ.
Fight the Drift of Mediocrity
March 14, 2021 • Kevin DeYoung
Kevin DeYoung delivered a message at TGC’s 2019 Southwest Clarus Conference titled “Laodicea,” drawing from Revelation 3:14–22. Closing out a series on Jesus’s words to the seven churches, DeYoung addressed the spiritual apathy of the church in Laodicea as the worst of the seven. He pointed out that the most comfortable and prosperous church of the seven was, in Jesus’s estimation, the one who had gotten things the most wrong. The church was stale, stagnant, and smelly. To those who said, “We are something,” Christ responded with a gracious warning: “You are far less than you think.” Many in the American church need to recognize that we share the same tendencies as Laodicea; therefore, we need to humbly listen for similar words from Christ to our own churches.
Sexual Challenges and Your Church’s Response
March 8, 2021 • Sam Allberry
Sam Allberry delivered a message at TGC’s 2020 Bay Area Pre-Conference titled “Sexuality, the Church, Grace, and Truth.” Expounding Mark 10:28–30, and in response to a question he received about how Jesus views homosexuality, Allberry explored how the gospel addresses people in committed homosexual relationships. First, he assumes people will leave things to follow him. Second, Jesus assumes the most costly things to leave will be familial and relational. But Jesus also says that however much a person must leave, it will absolutely be worth it.
The Christian Life Is J-Shaped
February 27, 2021 • Paul Miller
“The lower the depth of the suffering, the greater the resurrection.” Paul Miller delivered a message at Bethlehem College & Seminary’s 2020 Pastors’ Conference titled “J-Curve: Dying and Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life.” He introduces the idea of the J-Curve—a very simple idea that the letter “J” traces the path down into Jesus’s death and up into his resurrection—from Philippians 3:7–11. Miller emphasized the idea that we share in the suffering of Christ and become like him in death, making two points and asking one question in regard to that truth: It’s strange. We usually flee from suffering. Aren’t Jesus’s sufferings over?
Future Liberation From Present Pain
February 21, 2021 • Jason Cook
“Hope is borrowing the joy of tomorrow, today.” Jason Cook delivered a message at The Gospel Coalition Carolinas Regional Conference called “Groaning til Glory.” From Romans 8:18–25, Cook addressed the manner in which Christians must anchor themselves through storms and suffering, building from the thesis, “Suffering exists as a divine tool to wean us off the lower pleasures of this world and to encourage us to persevere, because we have hope.”
Why Prayer Is Necessary for Revival
February 7, 2021 • H. B. Charles Jr.
H. B. Charles delivered a message at The Gospel Coalition’s 2019 Arizona Regional Conference on “The Necessity of Prayer in Revival.” From the prayer recorded in Acts 4:23–31, Charles examined the manner through which churches experiences spiritual breakthrough and revival—when believers pray with confidence in the sovereignty of God. He detailed what moved the Jerusalem church to pray, what the church prayed, and what happened when the church prayed.
Race in a Broken World
February 14, 2021 • Danté Upshaw
Danté Upshaw led a workshop with the Bay Area Chapter of The Gospel Coalition titled “Race in the New Community.” Speaking of the new community created by God through Christ, and sharing from his own experiences and Scripture, Upshaw opened a conversation around the necessity of handling race in a gospel-centered manner. Speaking from Ephesians 3, Upshaw encouraged a grace-filled approach to dealing with our divided history and experiencing the mystery of the gospel together.
Tim Keller on Being Born Again
January 28, 2021 • Tim Keller
At The Gospel Coalition’s 2019 National Conference in Indianapolis, Tim Keller delivered a message titled “You Must Be Born Again.” From John 3, Keller answers five questions in regard to the new birth Jesus commended unto Nicodemus: Who is it for? Where is it from? What does it do? How does it come? How can you tell? Keller focuses on the main principles of being born again: we must give up ourself to find our true self, and submit to Christ with every fiber of our being in order to find eternal life.
Don Carson on What We Can Learn from Lazarus
January 22, 2021 • Don Carson
“One of the most striking things about the gospel is that, at its heart, it is a gospel of surprises.” Don Carson delivered a message titled “Lazarus” at The Gospel Coalition’s 2019 National Conference in Indianapolis. Walking through Scripture, specifically the story of Lazarus, Carson addressed the surprise of the gospel, laying out four unexpected ways in which Jesus acted for our good and for the glory of God, culminating in the greatest surprise of all—his death and resurrection.
Navigating Ministry and Marriage as a Pastor’s Wife
January 15, 2021 • Noël Piper, Latoya McCutcheon, Lauren Hansen, and Megan Hill
During The Gospel Coalition’s 2018 Women’s Conference, Noël Piper, Latoya McCutcheon, Lauren Hansen, and Megan Hill participated in a panel discussion titled “Co-Laboring in the Gospel: A Conversation for Pastors’ and Elders’ Wives.” They encouraged and challenged ministry wives, reminding them that their role is both difficult and a deep, lasting blessing. They discussed the struggles and joys, sacrifices and rewards, and the importance of finding security, strength, and direction in God’s Word
Agents of Healing for Racial Division
December 18, 2020 • Kristie Anyabwile, Courtney Doctor, Elicia Horton, Irene Sun, Shar Walker
“As long as God is continuing to reconcile men to himself, he’s going to be continuing to reconcile men and women to one another.” During The Gospel Coalition’s 2018 Women’s Conference, Kristie Anyabwile, Courtney Doctor, Elicia Horton, Irene Sun, and Shar Walker participated in a panel discussion titled “The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation.” They addressed a number of sensitive, yet incredibly important, topics—from why conversations about racial reconciliation are still necessary, to biblical passages that deal with division, to how Christians should engage in these ongoing conversations, to helpful resources for racially tense discussions. PODCAST SPONSOR This episode of The Gospel Coalition Podcast is brought to you by Operation Christmas Child. You can build a shoebox online and OCC will pack for you based on your selections. These shoeboxes are delivered into hard-to-reach areas in and effort to share the gospel. To start building, visit Samaritanspurse.org/occ.
Spoken-Word Hope for Weary Women
December 12, 2020 • Elicia Horton, Quina Aragon, Janette…Ikz
During The Gospel Coalition’s 2018 Women’s Conference, Elicia Horton, Quina Aragon, and Janette…Ikz delivered separate spoken-word pieces in a workshop titled “True and Beautiful Words for Weak and Weary Pilgrims.” The three artists later discussed their stories, how they became involved in poetry, and how the gospel shapes their craft and fuels their mission. PODCAST SPONSOR This episode of The Gospel Coalition Podcast is brought to you by Operation Christmas Child. You can build a shoebox online and OCC will pack for you based on your selections. These shoeboxes are delivered into hard-to-reach areas in and effort to share the gospel. To start building, visit Samaritanspurse.org/occ.
Building a Gospel-Driven Church Is Hard
December 5, 2020 • Jared Wilson
Jared Wilson delivered a message in a breakout at The Gospel Coalition’s 2019 National Conference titled “The Gospel-Driven Church,” sharing principles that can be found in his book by the same name. In the session, Wilson addressed the gospel-recovery movement of the last decade or so, expressing delight in the desire of churches and leaders to set aside the attractional model of church in favor of a more biblically sound one. Wilson warned, however, that even those who have bought into a gospel-driven focus must be careful that it not become simply nomenclature attached to the same old practices. He then delved into four practices of gospel-driven churches and encouraged leaders to “continually slough off the baggage of doctrinal add-ons and distractions, cutting out the ever-rising innovations, theological and otherwise. Let us keep contending, keep trusting, keep returning to the ancient marker of the cross.” PODCAST SPONSOR: This episode of The Gospel Coalition Podcast is brought to you by Operation Christmas Child. You can build a shoebox online and OCC will pack for you based on your selections. These shoeboxes are delivered into hard-to-reach areas in and effort to share the gospel. To start building, visit Samaritanspurse.org/occ.
David Wells: Voice in the Evangelical Wilderness
December 1, 2020 • Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, David Wells
David Wells is one of the most influential theologians you’ve never heard of, helping to spark the Reformed resurgence 30 years ago. But if you’d met him as a child—a non-Christian growing up in Africa during the days of British colonialism—you never would’ve guessed the moves God would lead him through. In this bonus episode of The Gospel Coalition Podcast, we bring you a special interview between TGC senior writer Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra and theologian David Wells.