TGC: Stephen Um on Sermon Preparation

The Gospel Coalition has a post from Stephen Um on what an ordinary week of sermon preparation looks like in his experience. Here’s one of the takeaways: Consistently Find Your Identity in Christ, Not in Your Preaching.  The gospel you preach must define you. You need to taste it to know that it is good. […]

Why Cities Matter (Book Cover Unveil)

Yesterday, Justin Buzzard gave us a glimpse of the cover of the book that he and Stephen Um just finished writing together. Needless to say, we’re extremely excited to tell you about it, and you’ll be hearing quite a bit in the coming months about Why Cities Matter. One exciting fact, which is hard to make out in this small […]

Stephen Um on Seminary and the Call to Ministry

Stephen Um recently sat down with the team at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary to shoot an “alumni profile” video. In the resulting piece, he considers his call to ministry, the relationship of church and seminary, as well as the unique role that seminaries are able to play in training individuals for ministry.

Forget the Church? Or “Religion for Atheists”?

In the recently published Religion for Atheists: A Non-believers Guide to the Uses of Religion, Alain de Botton, an atheist himself, attempts in his characteristically winsome tone to turn down the heat of the often militant conversations of the non-believing. He suggests that while society may not need the gods (or God) to be moral, well-ordered, […]

Forget the Church? Or “Religion for Atheists”?

In the recently published Religion for Atheists: A Non-believers Guide to the Uses of Religion, Alain de Botton, an atheist himself, attempts in his characteristically winsome tone to turn down the heat of the often militant conversations of the non-believing. He suggests that while society may not need the gods (or God) to be moral, […]

Evangelistic Doxology (Part 2)

Stephen Um and Richard Lints continue their discussion (see part 1) on evangelistic worship. At issue in this discussion is the topic of contextualizing the gospel in the corporate life and worship of the church. How does our cultural setting affect our articulation of the gospel, even if unknowingly? How does the gospel challenge and […]

Video: “What is the Gospel?” (Um & Lints)

What is the Gospel? from Citylife Presbyterian Church Bos on Vimeo. In this video, Stephen Um and Richard Lints discuss the nature and some of the implications of the gospel. From its redemptive-historical shape to its shaping influence upon all of life, the discussion will help to broaden and sharpen your knowledge of and response […]

There and Bach Again (CGC Articles)

One portion of our site that we hope to develop as CGC continues to grow is the Articles section. It's there that we're able to provide you with more in-depth reflections on issues of theology, culture, worship, etc. One of our featured article contributors is Ben Shute.  Right now, he is in the middle of […]

TGC New England Regional Conference (10/19-20/12)

  Today an invitiation was sent out by The Gospel Coalition's New England Regional chapter to more than 100 pastors and leaders. The chapter plans to gather 70 pastors for a Colloquium on March 10, 2012, in Boston, MA. This colloquium will be used to cast vision, network, and fellowship around the gospel. It comes in advance […]

God’s Glory and Our Crowning Achievements

A convicting takeaway from John Starke's recent interview with G.K. Beale where they discussed the closing words of Beale's recently released magnum opus:   JS: You end your 1,047-page book with, "The upshot of this book is ultimately this: To God be the glory." For young scholars or pastors who are digging deep into the […]