Jonathan K. Dodson

Author | Christ is All | Pastor


The Unbelievable Gospel: Say Something Worth Believing

The Unbelievable Gospel diagnoses the evangelistic paralysis of the modern church, pinpointing the reasons people don't share their faith today and offering a desperately needed solution. Showing readers how to utilize the rich gospel metaphors found in Scripture and how to communicate a gospel worth believing--one that speaks to the heart-felt needs of diverse individuals--Dodson connects the gospel to the real issues people face each day by speaking to both the head and the heart. Filled with stories that reveal the long road of relational evangelism and guidance on how to listen to others well, The Unbelievable Gospel is a much-needed resource that will benefit both individuals and churches. Purchase

Raised? Finding Jesus by Doubting the Resurrection

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

Latest Posts

5 Ways Seminary Equipped Me for Ministry

October 4, 2016

1 Biblical Epistemology – My prolegomena helped me grasp how a Biblical worldview in intellectually credible. The writings of John Frame and N.T Wright on critical realism helped me grasp a way of looking at the world that is neither naive or nihilist. We can perceive what is true, through reason, the Spirit, and the Word, but not all we say is true.   This enabled me to press into a pluralistic context like Austin, Texas with the requisite humility


3 Recommended Books on Burnout

September 13, 2016

In light of my recent article at Lifeway Leadership, here are a few books I recommend reading if you feel exhausted by ministry, lackluster about the church, or distant from Jesus: On The Brink – This book blends empathy, challenge, and biblical exhortation very well. An excellent help to anyone who feels “on the brink” or wants to better understand what pastors, in particular, often face. Leading on Empty – This book combines science with sage advice. It contains some great


Recommended Books on 2 Peter & Jude

September 7, 2016

This summer I wrote a study guide for 2 Peter & Jude. These are prophetic book letters for our time. It became clear to me that the straight forward truths, difficult texts, and glorious promises in these letters are just what our church needs to hear. So, we’re preaching through these two letters this Fall. Here are a few resources I’d recommend if you want to know the letters better. The Message of 2 Peter & Jude – This is


We’re All Great Abbreviators

August 3, 2016

I’ve just finished writing a study guide for three of the craziest letters in the New Testament–1, 2 Peter & Jude. The letters cover stuff like: angels sleeping with humans, gang rape, homosexuality, greed, self-made morality, godly character, doubt, faith, eternal fire, eternal life, angels disputing with demons, the end of the world, and its total renewal. 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.” The



Jonathan K. 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 Gospel Centered and author of Gospel-Centered Discipleship, Raised? Finding Jesus by Doubting the Resurrection and The Unbelievable Gospel: Say Something Worth Believing. He enjoys listening to M. Ward, smoking his pipe, watching sci-fi, and following Jesus.


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