Jonathan K. Dodson

Author | Christ is All | Pastor

Books


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 Recommended Books on Discipleship

September 24, 2014

I was recently asked for a recommendation for discipleship other than Gospel-Centered Discipleship. Here are some key books: The Master Plan of Evangelism – a classic by Robert Coleman that focuses on Jesus’ approach to making disciples: “Men were his method.” Following the Master: A comprehensive biblical theology of discipleship that runs Old Testament to New. Solid, accessible.   Following the Master: A biblical theology of discipleship (on sale for – the most comprehensive biblical theology of discipleship I’ve read. Wilkins

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What is a City?

September 23, 2014

A very interesting reflection on what constitutes a city–organism or structure? This approach from physicists is intriguing, and looks like a promising series from The Atlantic.

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My Brightest Diamond

September 17, 2014

Love this single from the new record by Shara Worden/My Brightest Diamond. Back when they were Awry from NYC, the band crashed in our little apartment in Gloucester, MA, waking up to the horror of 9/11 on our T.V. set. Her vocals shimmer with style and resonate with hope. The striking arrangements, musical diversity, and reflective lyrics make this a unique album. In “Pressure” I kept thinking “female Thom Yorke.” Hear the whole thing on Spotify.  

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Writing & Designing a Book

August 7, 2014

Marshall McLuhan is often quoted for his aphorism: “The medium is the message.” Ironically, his point is often overlooked in publishing where shoddy book covers, gimmicky titles, and predictable layouts abound. Unfortunately, a lot of publishers place little value on cover design, book layout, and electronic book presentation. Within the digital age, a book has an electronic extension that surfaces ubiquitously, making impressions across the Net, and all kinds of digital platforms. You might say the cover, and overall creative input, is amplified through

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About

Jonathan K. Dodson (M.Div, Th.M) is happy husband to Robie, and proud father to Owen, Ellie & Rosamund. He is the lead pastor of City Life Church and a leader in PlantR and Gospel Centered Discipleship.com. Jonathan is also author of Gospel-Centered Discipleship, Raised? Finding Jesus by Doubting the Resurrection and The Unbelievable Gospel: Say Something Worth Believing (September, 2014). He enjoys listening to M. Ward, smoking his pipe, watching sci-fi, and following Jesus.

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