The Gospel as Center: Renewing Our Faith and Reforming Our Ministry Practices
The church is reeling because of the relativistic mindset of our world. Up until a generation ago, most adults had similar moral intuitions whether they were believers or not, and the core of protestant orthodoxy was still intact. Yet, in the wake of postmodernity and secularism, all that has changed.
Convinced that gospel-centered ministry is utterly imperative for such a time as this, contributors D. A. Carson, Tim Keller, Kevin DeYoung, Philip Ryken, Bryan Chapell, Thabiti Anyabwile, Richard Phillips, Sam Storms, and others defend the gospel and traditional doctrines.
To strengthen the center of confessional evangelicalism, this volume collects the 14 booklets in the Gospel Coalition Booklet series. In addition, this volume includes a preface, the Gospel Coalition's foundational documents, and indexes. The editors and contributors represent a wide range of denominations and are united not only by belief in the biblical gospel, but also by the conviction that ministry today must be increasingly Gospel centered.
About the Editors and Contributors:
Richard D. Phillips holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business and a M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary, where he studied the Bible and its languages. He served in the United States Army for thirteen years as a combat officer, was assistant professor of leadership and organizational studies at West Point, and is a management consultant and frequent seminar speaker on the topic of leadership and organization. He currently resides in Philadelphia, where he is Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, a nonprofit radio and publishing organization.
Ligon Duncan is the Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi. He serves on the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.
Thabiti M. Anyabwile is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Grand Cayman Islands. He holds B.A. and M.S. degrees in psychology from North Carolina State University. A former high school basketball coach and bookstore owner, Anyabwile is a contributing writer to 9Marks. He and his wife, Kristie, have two daughters.
Colin Smith is Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. His preaching ministry is shared through the daily radio program, Unlocking the Bible and through his website, UnlockingtheBible.org.
Bryan Chapell is the bestselling author of numerous books on Christian ministry and life. Christ-Centered Preaching and Christ-Centered Worship are standard seminary texts; Holiness by Grace, Each for the Other, and Praying Backwards have helped thousands find greater joy and fulfillment in the grace of Christ. Bryan has been a pastor and president of Covenant Seminary for almost twenty years. He and his wife, Kathy, have four children.
Philip Graham Ryken (Ph.D., Oxford) is President of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is Bible Teacher for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, and can be heard weekly on the radio broadcast Every Last Word. He has written or edited more than thirty books including The Message of Salvation, The Doctrines of Grace (with James Montgomery Boice) and Ryken's Bible Handbook.
Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He was first a pastor in Hopewell, Virginia. In 1989 he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Today, Redeemer has more than five thousand regular Sunday attendees, plus the members of more than one hundred new churches around the world. Also the author of Counterfeit Gods, The Prodigal God, and the New York Times bestseller, The Reason for God, he lives in New York with his family.
Andrew S. Davis, PhD, HSPP, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Ball State University, Muncie, IN, and the Clinical Director of Neurobehavioral Health, a neuropsychology practice located in Muncie, IN. He has published or presented well over 100 scholarly works in the fields of neuropsychology and school psychology. His research interests are primarily focused on applied and theoretical aspects of clinical neuropsychology. This includes the neuropsychological functioning of neurologically and psychiatrically impaired individuals and psychometric issues in neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Davis's current research interests include the relationship between cortical and subcortical sensory-motor functioning and higher-order abilities, predictors of early reading ability, executive functioning, and neuropsychological variables in patients with ADHD, Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. He is the current coordinator of the Neuropsychology in Schools Special Interest Group of the National Association of School Psychologists. He has authored over 30 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles, guest-edited journal issues, and is the editor of the recently published Handbook of Pediatric Neuropsychology.
Sam Storms has spent 38 years in ministry as a pastor, professor and author. He was visiting Associate Professor of Theology at Wheaton College from 2000-2004, and is currently Senior Pastor at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City. He has authored 20 books and founded Enjoying God Ministries. He’s a graduate of The University of Oklahoma (B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M) and The University of Texas (Ph.D.). He and his wife Ann have been married for 40 years and are the parents of two grown daughters and have four grandchildren. On a more personal level, Sam loves baseball, books, movies, and anything to do with the Oklahoma Sooners.