Gospel Wakefulness

I recently read Jared Wilson’s latest book, Gospel Wakefulness,  and I think it is a must read for any Christian – that we might long to revel in or obtain that wakefulness as we move through sanctification. That we might be so astonished by the truth of Christ’s work on the cross that we are routinely and thoroughly “tickled.”

Last week I was having a conversation with a leader in our church and he asked me how I would answer a question about righteous living, essentially why should we and how can we live holy lives. I answered “through the gospel,” and his now familiar expression of exasperation showed on his face as he retorted “but we need to give them more than salvation, they need practical steps.” Now I am not completely against being practical with our faith, but I truly believe by dwelling on the truth of the gospel our lives will shift and we will live righteously in response to the news of Christ. It is powerful for salvation and for living. This interaction not only made it clear to me the mindset I interact with daily but the hope I have that I can share my wonder of the gospel with those I lead or serve with. I pray for a gospel wakefulness epidemic!

Wilson unpacks a lot of what this means in a recent interview with Desiring God. If you have the time, watch it and think about your own “wakefulness.”


Desiring God… through thinking

Last weekend Stacy and I headed to Minneapolis for the 2010 Desiring God conference. I am still processing some of the things we learned but I want to share at least one talk with all of you.

In a culture of church conference full of glitz and noise it was refreshing to be among the quiet and think hard about the things of God. But knowledge puffs up and we have to be careful how we approach it with humility and ultimately as a fuel for our worship of God. Francis Chan shared on humility and provided a word all Christians, ministry, lay and otherwise need to hear.

Chan reminds us to love and be heart-broken for the lost and in a world where we jump from issue to issue inside our cloistered communities of faith it is far too easy to remember God’s call to preach the Gospel to unbelievers and to pour out our love on our neighbors. I commend the Chan talk to you and pray God will stir something in you.

Watch it here.