Ministry Theology

Five Reasons I’m Thankful For The Gospel Coalition

The Gospel Coalition (TGC) is a fellowship of evangelical churches deeply committed to renewing faith in the gospel of Christ and to reforming ministry practices to conform fully to the Scriptures. TGC was founded by D.A. Carson and Tim Keller. In the past two years, for me, it has become the go-to place for theological insights, conversations, and resources. In addition to the general TGC blog, a host of pastors and authors blog there. I encourage you to check them out if you haven’t already.

Here are five reasons I thank God for TGC:

  1. The whole reason for their existence is to help the church universal become gospel-centered in their theology and ministry. Because their focus is on the gospel, non-essentials do not cause division. TGC consists of Baptists, Anglicans, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Non- and Inter-Denoms, and many others. Heck, I’m sure that there’s even a Methodist or two in there. The point is this: if someone loves the gospel of Jesus Christ and sees all of Scripture, belief, and ministry through that lens, they will find a home with TGC.
  2. TGC is solidly in the Reformed Evangelical tradition. It’s my conviction that those who are truly “Reformed” in their theology will be the most gospel-centered in their belief and practice (that’s another post altogether). TGC gets to the heart of what the Reformed tradition is all about: Jesus Christ. They put “Calvinists” in a better light and, hopefully, help win Reformed theology a fair hearing in the evangelical world.
  3. TGC produces quality stuff without being gimmicky, faddish, or cliché. Their website is pleasing to the eyes, with great graphics and high quality short videos. They also produce gobs of material quickly. That material covers more than intramural theological banter. Commentary hits pop culture, literature, history, politics, science, and, my favorite, sports.
  4. TGC review books–tons of books. As a husband and father who interns at a church and is in the midst of a master’s degree, I cannot read (or afford to read) everything I want to read. But I can read reviews. That helps me narrow down my selections, but also helps me file a title away in my notes so down the road I can check it out when the book’s issue comes up.
  5. TGC equips and helps people for real-life ministry. The blog, in particular, is not a place for mere theological speculation among intellectual giants. There is some of that, but it is very minimal. What you will find at TGC is that rich theology finds its way in the mundane nature of everyday life. Your life. Pastor or layperson. Christian or non-Christian. School of higher learning or school of hard knocks. Everyone will find something there to help–whether it’s, “Why does justification by faith matter?” or “Can a person get remarried after a divorce?”

What are you waiting for? Head on over there and dig in.

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