Should Christians Use the Term “Gay Christian”?

In his new book God and the Gay Christian, Matthew Vines seeks to legitimate homosexual practice among evangelicals. I responded to this heretical teaching yesterday in my post about the new Southern Seminary eBook, God and the Gay Christian? I quoted a section from my chapter on the church’s historical teaching, a chapter that has now been posted [Read More...]

The Child Who Couldn’t Walk (and Then Did)

I just wrote a piece for the Gospel Coalition entitled “We’re All Over-Protected Now.” I tackled our need for risk and a bigger vision of God, themes I spell out in my book Risky Gospel. In the TGC essay, I got to share this powerful story: I recently heard a Southern Baptist Theological Seminary administrator [Read More...]

Are Missionaries the Only People Who Glorify God?

I just answered a form of this question in a just-released interview with Matt Damico of Southern Seminary. We discussed my new book Risky Gospel: Abandon Fear and Build Something Awesome and zeroed in on how every Christian can live a life of “gospel risk.” In short, whether you’re overseas sharing the gospel or at home changing [Read More...]

We’ve Talked to Jesus in an Inside Voice and He’s Going to Be Nice Now

We think we’ve got Jesus figured out today. We read about him turning tables in the Scriptures. But now he’s nice. Now he’s calm. Now he sits by himself, drinking tea, interrupting his repose to grant us whatever we want. He doesn’t ask us to change, and he doesn’t want us to do any heavy [Read More...]

Albert Mohler Reviews “Risky Gospel”

The president of Southern Seminary and Boyce College, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., just reviewed my new book Risky Gospel. I am deeply thankful for this kind and incisive review. Here’s a snippet: One of the most lamentable symptoms of today’s emotionalist Christianity is its tendency to inaction. … Tragically, throughout their lifetimes many church members and [Read More...]

Can You Be a Sold-out Christian in the Suburbs?

I think the answer to my title question is a simple “yes.” I just wrote a book called Risky Gospel on “ordinary” Christianity. But here’s the thing: I don’t simply want Christians to accept that it’s okay to live in the ‘burbs. I want to infuse all of life with gospel passion driven by what I [Read More...]

Forget Decaf–You Need Some Triple-Shot Macchiato Faith

I enjoy few creature comforts more than one of those hand-crafted, artisanal coffee drinks that have suddenly taken over America (that’s Louisville’s excellent Quills Coffee to the left). If you’re at a local coffeeshop or a Starbucks, you can be sure that you will hear someone order a very complex drink. Often said person is [Read More...]

Risky Womanhood: Telling the Powerful Story of Blandina

Have you ever heard of Blandina? You should have. She was a second-century slave girl. Ordinarily, her story would have been lost to history. But Blandina was no ordinary young woman. She was a Christian, and a Christian in a time of fierce persecution. In my forthcoming book Risky Gospel: Abandon Fear and Build Something Awesome (Thomas [Read More...]

Review “Risky Gospel” (Coming Nov. 2013) & Help Promote

In 7 weeks, my book Risky Gospel: Abandon Fear and Build Something Awesome (Thomas Nelson, Nov. 26, 2013) releases. [Update: We've had such a strong response to an earlier version of this blog post that we're not taking any more review requests, and we'll encourage everyone else coming a bit later to buy the book. Thanks [Read More...]


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