Jonathan K. Dodson (M.Div, Th.M) is happy husband to Robie, and proud father to Owen, Ellie & Rosamund. He is also the lead pastor of City Life Church and a leader in The GCM Collective, PlantR and Gospel Centered Discipleship.com. Jonathan is also author of Gospel-Centered Discipleship, Raised? Finding Jesus by Doubting the Resurrection (Feb, 2014) and The Unbelievable Gospel: Say Something Worth Believing (September, 2014). He enjoys listening to M. Ward, watching sci-fi, and following Jesus.
Working through our Coming of God series for Advent, I’ve been reading a number of books on the incarnation. Two books, in particular, have been scintillating, along with an essay by Princeton theologian Robert Jensen. Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ (Bruce Ware) This short, accessible book has a lovely cover design and thought provoking reflections on incarnation. I found chapter two, on the role of the Spirit in the life of Christ, especially enjoyable. While
Advent season offers a unique opportunity to reflect on one of the most fascinating claims about Jesus–his incarnation. Depending on your vantage point, the incarnation may sound like a fantastic fairy tale, a mind-blowing reality, a comforting truth, or uninteresting doctrine. I find it both outlandish and profound. God becoming a baby? Really? How absurd. What would compel God to do that? How is it possible? And if he did come, why not come as an adult and skip the
Too many people find the gospel unbelievable because of the incredible ways we communicate it: Name-dropping Jesus at work to feel good about your Christian duty Arguing about political issues as essentially Christian Recruiting people to your church and not to Jesus Regurgitating information about the death of a first century Jewish messiah without taking the time to love and know others. Our gospel communication is often dry doctrinal communication, devout of love or any real understanding about a
Sometimes doubt is generated not by a deliberate philosophical and systemic moral choice but by ten thousand atomistic choices. A man may begin his adult life with full, Christian convictions, worked out in faithful godliness, disciplined prayer and Bible reading, and thoughtful witness. Somewhere along the line, the Bible reading dries up; prayer becomes spotty; the pressures or rising obligations at work reduce church attendance to a bare minimum. A charming colleague or assistant at work seems far better able
Everyone's idea of discipleship is different. Some people emphasize evangelism–sharing their faith. Still others promote a hierarchical system for spiritual growth, a way for older Christians to pass on best practices to younger believers. Yet, both ideas are incomplete. Real discipleship is so much more. Avoiding extremes and evaluating motives, Jonathan Dodson insists on a way of following Jesus that re-centers discipleship on the gospel. This book helps us understand and experience the fullness of discipleship as God intended. Purchase
The notion that a man raised from the dead is implausible to the modern mind. Was it a mass delusion? If it’s true, does it make sense of our world? If it is plausible and appealing, how should we respond? What do sin, faith, and Christ really mean? Finally, what difference does the resurrection make? How does it change your life? This book will be published by Zondervan in February 2014, in time for Easter!
I am re-writing this book as a full-length treatment on what I'm calling "gospel apologetics", defending the gospel against Christian culture in order to retreive and promote the historic gospel in winsome and culturally discerning ways. It will be published by Zondervan in September 2014.
Thank you for your interest in having Jonathan speak at your event. It's an honor to for him to be considered, and something he doesn't take lightly. As you fill out the Speaker Request form, please know that due to his preaching and teaching responsibilities for City Life Church, Jonathan limits his Sundays away from the church. We will prayerfully consider each request but can not accept every invitation. View Speaking Request Form