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The Gospel Coalition Podcast features keynote and breakout sessions from our national, regional, and women's conferences. We exist to equip the next generation of believers, pastors, and church leaders to shape life and ministry around the gospel.
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Jen Wilkin explores God's gifts in women to lead, teach the Bible, and create spaces for others to thrive.After her talk, Wilkin joins Melissa Kruger, Rebecca McLaughlin, Courtney Doctor, and Elizabeth Woodson to discuss women's contributions to the church, the importance of sibling relationships within God's family, and overcoming opposition in ministry. The panelists encourage and equip women with tools to prepare for these callings and persevere through challenges.
Even those who live by faith experience doubt, but it doesn't have to end your faith. Drawing from years of guiding Christians through doubt and disillusionment, Joshua Chatraw combines pastoral care and intellectual rigor to address the emotional journey of doubt, offering a new perspective on living a life of faith alongside it. In this breakout session from TGC23, Chatraw and Jack Carson discuss these themes based on their book, Surprised by Doubt. 
How to Hope in Hard Times

How to Hope in Hard Times

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James Anderson opens this two-part breakout session by sharing how to cultivate a biblically formed understanding of our present cultural realities and maintain confidence and hope when we might otherwise be tempted to despair. Ligon Duncan and Nancy Guthrie follow with a discussion of theological foundations and pastoral approaches for helping one another walk through suffering.The session covershow suffering can shape faith and trust in God's goodness,how to cope with suffering and anger toward God, andhow to find comfort from God's Word in times of tribulation.As we cling to biblical truth for our circumstances and rest in the hope of the resurrection, God can work in our suffering to deepen our faith and teach us to depend on him.
In this breakout session from TGC23, Dan Doriani addresses the real concern of churches devastated by bullying, immorality, and narcissism at the hands of pastors. But he also addresses the challenges facing pastors as they endure disapproval, opposition, foot-dragging, sabotage, and whisper campaigns.He challenges pastors to cultivate humility, seek God's wisdom and mercy, and embrace servanthood while fostering appropriate confidence and resilience in their calling to pastoral ministry.
Tim Keller examines Nicodemus's encounter with Jesus, unpacking the concept of being "born again." He challenges common stereotypes of born-again Christians and emphasizes that this spiritual rebirth is essential for everyone, regardless of their moral or religious status. Keller reminds us that true repentance is turning towards Jesus for salvation and, in doing so, he highlights the beautiful transformation that happens when we receive a new identity in Christ and an entirely reordered life through the inner work of the Holy Spirit.
In his breakout at TGC23, Michael Kruger argues doubt is a natural part of growing faith and can lead to stronger beliefs if handled with biblical and wise guidance.He offers suggestions for how Christians can confront and process doubts about their faith, especially in our skeptical age. And he calls the church to be a supportive environment that neither shames nor celebrates doubt but rather encourages constructive dialogue. This session provides hope and guidance for believers grappling with their uncertainties and for those who come alongside them.
In this panel discussion from TGC23, Courtney Doctor, Vanessa Hawkins, and Melissa Kruger delve into strategies for shepherding women within the local church.The panel encourages pastors to invest in women's theological training and for men and women to be in the same room as they serve in ministry together. For women in leadership to thrive within the local church, pastors need to pray for them, include them, and proactively seek their input on how to effectively care for and shepherd the women in their congregations.
In this microevent from TGC23, Megan Hill, Gavin Ortlund, and Winfree Brisley reflect on the challenges and blessings of growing up in ministry. They emphasize the importance of parents living by grace, finding their identity in Christ, and supporting their kids, as well as modeling fr their children wise decision-making and differentiating between reasonable and unreasonable expectations for pastors' kids. They share the value of parents nurturing faith in children through family devotions and involving them in ministry while prioritizing their emotional and spiritual well-being. The panel also gives practical advice on handling criticism and prioritizing family in ministry.
In her breakout session at TGC23, Ruth Chou Simons teaches how to navigate life's challenges by focusing on God's unchanging character, which guides and sustains believers through life's wilderness.As we look for God's attributes in everyday life and align with his purpose for our lives, we find fulfillment and resilience amid our struggles. Through personal anecdotes and theological insights, Simons emphasizes the transformative power of understanding and trusting in God's nature.
In their panel discussion at TGC's 2023 conference, J. T. English, Kyle Worley, and Jen Wilkin delve into the crucial role of discipleship in the local church, focusing on the importance of theological education and spiritual growth.There are challenges in cultivating effective discipleship programs and there’s need for a deeper biblical understanding among those being discipled. Through sharing personal experiences within the broader evangelical context, the panel encourages church leaders to take a comprehensive approach to discipleship that integrates learning with spiritual disciplines.
In this breakout session at TGC23, Jen Wilkin discusses how the ideals of individualism, personal fulfillment, and self-directed paths to happiness can negatively affect family relationships. Wilkin teaches parents how to regain a deep focus on the shared space we call home and foster a family environment of biblical values, love, safety, and true identity in Christ.
In their conversation at TGC23, Collin Hansen, Michael Graham, and Christopher Watkin discuss Tim Keller’s vision for cultural engagement and its future application. Reflecting on Hansen's book, Timothy Keller: His Spiritual and Intellectual Formation, the panel talks about the people and the events that formed Keller’s spiritual life and ministry priorities.
In this breakout session at TGC23, Rebecca McLaughlin explores what we can learn about Jesus if we pay attention to both the male and female witnesses the Gospels offer us within their narratives—from the beginning of Jesus’s life on earth to the end, and beyond.
Pastors and TGC Council members Afshin Ziafat, Miguel Núñez, and George Robertson discuss the critical role of in-person church gatherings, particularly in the aftermath of the pandemic, emphasizing the need for Christians to reengage their local congregations. They explore the dual nature of live-streaming services, recognizing their utility in maintaining connections yet cautioning against their limitations in fostering deep relationships. Ziafat, Nunez, and Robertson also consider the responsibility of church members to their congregations and the blessing and benefit of belonging to a local community of believers.Watch this discussion on YouTube.
Michael Kruger and Dan Doriani discuss the signs and dangers of pastoral burnout, the importance of accountability in church structures to protect God's people, and ways to support and heal communities affected by spiritual abuse.They emphasize our need to acknowledge our leaders' flaws and to create safe and honest environments where elders and staff can share their concerns without fear of retaliation. Their conversation ends on the crucial role of a positive church culture in supporting healthy ministry—cultivating joy among team members and encouraging them to use their unique gifts and talents to serve others.Watch this discussion on YouTube. 
On this episode of TGC Podcast, Ligon Duncan, Bob Thune, Andy Davis, and Philip Ryken examine Christian nationalism, differentiating it from mere patriotism and exploring its influence on Christian identity and societal engagement.They delve into the historical and biblical perspectives on Christians' roles in society, emphasizing the need to prioritize Christ above all loyalties. They also discuss strategies for Christians to responsibly advocate for their beliefs in a pluralistic society.Watch this discussion on YouTube.
"Let's give ourselves to extraordinary prayer, knowing that no matter what the wilderness of this world may bring our way, our God is with us." – David PlattIn his keynote message at TGC's 2023 conference, David Platt teaches on Exodus 40 and emphasizes the importance of extraordinary prayer in our lives and families, churches, and ministries. Platt reminds us that the Book of Exodus is filled with evidence of God's desire to dwell among his people, so may we pray for the fullness of God's presence among us, acknowledging that God's glory will fill the earth as all nations sing of his grace.Today’s episode features a keynote message from TGC’s 2023 conference. To access more TGC23 conference media and microevent sessions, visit tgc23.org/watch.
In his keynote message at TGC's 2023 conference, Andrew Wilson teaches on Exodus 32. He delves into the story of the golden calf, drawing parallels to the fall of humanity in the Garden of Eden. He explores how idolatry shapes individuals, leading them to become like what they worship, and contrasts the destructive consequences of worshiping false idols with the transformative power of worshiping the true God. Wilson highlights Moses as an example of someone who, through time spent with God, embodies mercy and justice. Wilson ultimately reminds us of the security of salvation through Jesus' perfect mediation.Today’s episode features a keynote message from TGC’s 2023 conference. To access more TGC23 conference media and microevent sessions, visit tgc23.org/watch.
"The goal of the Covenant, fulfilled in Christ, is eternal communion with God, foreshadowed in the elders, eating with the Lord on the mountain and foreshadowed every time you gather with the people of God around the Lord's table . . . because of what Christ has done for you." — Ligon DuncanIn his message at TGC's 2023 conference, Ligon Duncan teaches from Exodus 24 and emphasizes the key themes of representation, substitution, and communion in the context of worship. Duncan highlights the importance of Moses as a mediator between God and the people, the significance of Scripture in worship, and the foreshadowing of Christ's sacrifice as the ultimate substitutionary atonement for sins. Duncan's message reminds us of the central role of God's Covenant, grace, and the communion with him that believers can experience through Christ.Today’s episode features a keynote message from TGC’s 2023 conference. To access more TGC23 conference media and microevent sessions, visit tgc23.org/watch.
"The preaching of the Law is the schoolmaster that brings us to Christ again and again." – J. D. GreearIn his keynote message at TGC's 2023 conference, J. D. Greear teaches from Exodus 19-20 and derives four observations about the Ten Commandments, emphasizing their authority from God, their role in restoring order and true freedom, their connection to idolatry, and their foundation in God's grace. Greear's message highlights how these commandments challenge contemporary cultural ideals and serve as a guide to living within God's beautiful design.Today’s episode features a keynote message from TGC’s 2023 conference. To access more TGC23 conference media and microevent sessions, visit tgc23.org/watch.
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Emma Mann

wonderful encouragement and challenge

Dec 16th
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Jonathon Barberio

I wish more people would call out false teachers like he did. it's not your creating us and them mentality, it's to protect people being led astray by them.

Aug 26th
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Scott Mericle

What a great way to weave scripture through the phases and trials of life!

Aug 22nd
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Thomas Daykin

compassion and capacity

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Tim Reed

Great message!

Nov 16th
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Robin Laber

What a powerful and encouraging message! Thank you.

Oct 11th
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Becca Tillotson

The most beautiful treatment of this subject I've heard! Will be going to their website and downloading so I can keep it and listen again.

Sep 10th
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Stu Cook

Thank you for your insightful discussion today. This is indeed a messy situation for the church to be in and we need to be more vocal about these errant preaching methods. The world thinks that it has no need for the (g)ospel but that is because, for too long, it has been shown such a diluted version of the faith found in real Christianity. The world needs the REAL Gospel and those who are part of it to stand up and be heard. Stand up and be heard. For the sake of those who are being deceived by these false teachers.

Aug 27th
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David Gomez

One of the most profound messages on Christianity and is surrounding cultures. Love it!

Jul 4th
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Ian Tully

I’m all for passion but when screaming + doctrine teaching can get burdensome to listen to too quickly.

May 3rd
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Emma Mann

very useful and very motivating talk about evangelism in a more natural, not in-your-face way

Mar 22nd
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Ryan Stephens

awesome episode

Jan 3rd
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Amy Rotschopf

where is the rest of this podcast?? it cuts out :(

Dec 6th
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Heidi Hendrickson Brons-Aasen

I loved this message!! Addicted to our self... that hits home a little too much for me. God's speaking truth through you!!

Oct 22nd
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Justin Whelchel

needed to hear this.

Oct 15th
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Marcell Bakos

Isn't this guy an atheist?

Sep 25th
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Emma Mann

very good podcast. very challenging and thought provoking

May 24th
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Ryan Stephens

Very interesting and enlightening

Jan 23rd
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Emma Mann

amazing and very challenging

Jan 19th
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Stephan Holmes, Sr

Thank you for boldly speaking on this matter 👏👐

Aug 14th
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