Jonathan K. Dodson

Author | Christ is All | Pastor

Books


The Unbelievable Gospel

2015 Christianity Today Book of the Year in Apologetics/Evangelism, The Unbelievable Gospel gives us a timely look at what makes the gospel unbelievable in our age and how we can make it more believable in the midst of a changing culture. Addressing concerns and fears about the state of evangelism, Dodson offers a blend of wisdom and grace. Purchase


Raised?

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? Purchase


Gospel-Centered Discipleship

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


1, 2 Peter & Jude

1–2 Peter and Jude are letters written to churches experiencing various kinds of trials—false teachers, distorted views of the gospel, and harsh persecution. If 1 Peter exults, “Jesus will return!” and 2 Peter rebuffs the claim, “Jesus won’t return,” then Jude exhorts, “Jesus is just about here!” Together, these letters form a kind of manifesto of hope for living faithfully no matter how dark the times. Purchase


Latest Posts


Liking Has Limits

December 14, 2017

When we connect with someone we often click or say that we like them. This connection is typically because of a shared interest or value, and because we “connect” we prefer the company of that kind of person. We do the same with food and clothes. We like particular foods more than others, so include them in our weekly diet. We are drawn to particular fashion, so we buy certain clothes that express who we are. We tend to like people

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10 Books I Really Enjoyed in 2017

December 13, 2017

About Grace, Anthony Doerr – This author won the Pulitzer for his book, All the Light We Cannot See, which is easily my favorite novel of the past five years. About Grace is Doerr’s first novel and traces the story of a hydrologist who occasionally has visions about negative things before they happen, but explores the much deeper idea of the longing for reconciled relationships. Silence, Endo – Such a powerful novel rooted in the history of Jesuit missions to Japan. Endo explores

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When Mission Gets in the Way of Counseling

December 12, 2017

Should we spend time counseling when we could be out evangelizing, building community, strategizing for mission or preaching? Isn’t counseling something missional leaders “refer,” not something we do? Well, it depends on how we define the word counsel. If we mean specialized sessions devoted to psychological issues that can not be addressed by the gospel, then perhaps we shouldn’t counsel. However, if we mean discipling others with gospel wisdom in the full range of human thinking, feeling, and behaving, then perhaps we should

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My Top 5 Movies of 2017

December 11, 2017

It was a great year for film. Narrowing down to a top five was difficult, and I still haven’t seen Phantom Thread, Mudbound, The Shape of Water. I’m including a variety of genres. I am not saying these will all win Oscars, but what I am saying is I liked them a lot, and why. Wind River – This film immerses the viewer in an unfamiliar landscape, the frozen tundra of an Indian Reservation in Wyoming, a bleak context for an

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About

Jonathan Dodson (M.Div, Th.M) is the founding pastor of City Life Church in Austin, TX which he started with his wife, Robie, and a small group of people. They have three children. He is also the founder of gcdiscipleship.com and author of a number of books including The Unbelievable Gospel and Gospel-Centered Discipleship. He enjoys listening to M. Ward, watching sci-fi, and going for walks.

Speaking


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