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.
There is an antidote to pride, and it is not to think less of ourselves. Instead, we ought to dwell upon the God who did become one of us, who gracefully withstood our scorn and self-adulation. Jesus is the God who, in the face of pride, calls us to the cross. How can we be proud there, where our evil pins our God to a tree? In the midst of rejection, Jesus embraces our smugness and extends an accepting embrace.
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! Purchase
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. Purchase
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