TGC Q&A

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By: The Gospel Coalition

Each week, we’re joined by Council members of The Gospel Coalition Council and friends who provide biblical perspective on your most pressing questions. Whatever your doubts or questions may be, this is a space where we hope to share biblical insight into life’s questions together.

How Do I Know if I Married the Right Person?
#76
Last Wednesday at 5:00 AM

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Jared Wilson and Afshin Ziafat discuss the question, “How do I know if I married the right person?”

They discuss:

If you’re married, you married the right person (:00)The source of the question (1:08)A theological deficiency (2:21)The goal of marriage (3:26)The grass is greener where you water it (4:53)Bathing marriage in prayer (5:43)He or she isn’t your savior (7:21)You don’t complete me (8:51)Worthwhile intentionality (9:55)

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How Can Christians Avoid Smartphone Addiction?
#75
04/28/2021

In this episode of TGC Q&A, David Mathis and Joe Rigney answer the question, “How can Christians avoid smartphone addiction?”

They discuss:

A pastoral predicament (:00)Admitting you have a problem (1:53)Controlling impulses (4:04)Gaining larger vision (6:05)Godliness as a value (7:13)The price of phone addiction (8:39)The joy of freedom (9:22)

Explore more from TGC on the topics of technology and addiction.


How Do I Know if I’m Saved?
#74
04/21/2021

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Dave Harvey and Michael Lawrence answer the question, “How do I know if I'm saved?”

They discuss:

Where to begin (:00)How you don’t know you’re saved (1:49)Observing your own life (2:46)The Spirit’s testimony (4:27)Objective and subjective evidence (5:31)Internal and external evidence (7:07)Challenging a profession of faith when there is no fruit (9:36)

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What Does Paul Mean By, ‘Do Not Be Overcome By Evil, But Overcome Evil With Good’?
#73
04/14/2021

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Crawford Loritts and Jason Cook answer the question, “What does Paul mean by, ‘Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good?’”

They discuss:

Taking his words at face value (:00)Confronting evil (1:51)Displaying Christ-like character (3:30)The outrage culture (4:33)Passionate disagreement in love (5:58)Living in the tension (7:08)


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How Should Christians Respond to a Culture of Outrage?

Fruit of the Spirit


How Should We Respond to the Paradoxes of Christianity?
#72
04/07/2021

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Jackie Hill Perry and Jen Pollock Michel discuss the question, “How should we respond to the paradoxes of Christianity?” They address:

Is everything a paradox? (:00)Is God good? (1:23)And what about suffering? (2:12)Responding to paradox (2:50)Our desire for control (3:58)Jesus’s response (5:21)

Explore more from TGC on this topic:

Why Christians Need More ParadoxThe Liberating Paradox of Weakness


Should I Forgive Those Who Are Unrepentant?
#71
03/31/2021

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Tim Challies and Tony Merida discuss the question, “Should I forgive those who are unrepentant?” They address:

Defining forgiveness (:00)Becoming a peacemaker (1:21)The forgiveness of God (3:42)Acknowledging consequences (5:02)

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This episode of TGC Q&A is sponsored by Crossway, publisher of Providence, by bestselling author, John Piper. Sign up for a free Crossway+ account by Friday, April 30 to receive 40% off this book at crossway.org/TGC.

 


If Hell Is Real, How Do Christians Justify Anything Except Evangelism?
#70
03/24/2021

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Jared Wilson and Afshin Ziafat discuss the question, “If Hell is real, how do Christians justify anything except evangelism?” They address:

Urgency and necessity (:00)Making disciples (2:08)Moral mandates to multi-faceted ministry (2:55)Pre-evangelism (3:58)Making much of Christ in all things (5:17)

Explore more from TGC on the topic of evangelism.

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How Do I Find Peace When Unsaved Loved Ones Die?
#69
03/17/2021

In this episode of TGC Q&A, John Piper and Trip Lee discuss the question, “How do I find peace when unsaved loved ones die?” They address:

Understanding the faith of the listener (:00)The radical prioritization of following Jesus (1:22)Our current capacity for dealing with death (1:56)“Sorrowful, but always rejoicing” (4:08)Becoming acquainted with the goodness of God (6:10)Anguishing over the lost (7:35)Rolling your burdens onto God (8:50) 

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What Have John Piper and Trip Lee Learned About God Recently?
#68
03/10/2021

In this episode of TGC Q&A, John Piper and Trip Lee discuss the question, “What have you learned about God recently?” They address:

God uses trials (:00)God is working even when things go wrong (2:07)Love the sovereignty of God (3:31)Opportunity to change one human heart (4:48)

Explore more from TGC on the topic of Bible study.

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What Biblical Questions Can I Answer With, ‘I Don’t Know’?
#67
03/06/2021

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Tim Challies and Tony Merida discuss the question, “What biblical questions can I answer with, 'I don't know’?” They address:

“I” vs. “we” questions (:00)The inscrutability of God (1:55)Wrestling with suffering (3:26)Developing the “I don’t know” skill (4:16)Varying understandings in preaching (5:42)Don’t answer questions no one is asking (7:22)

Explore more from TGC on the topic of apologetics.


When and Where Did Sermons Originate?
#66
03/03/2021

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Chris Bruno and David Helm discuss the question, “When and where did sermons originate?” They address:

Laying a biblical foundation (:00)From the mind of God (:43)Formalized in the Old Testament (1:41)Preaching in the ministry of Jesus (3:35)New Testament patterns (4:47)Processes of the early church fathers (5:44)The preacher and the sacraments (7:14)Importance of the Word in worship (9:40)

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How Can I Help My Child Persevere in Faith?
#65
02/27/2021

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Dave Harvey and Michael Lawrence discuss the question, “How can I help my child persevere in faith?” They address:

Helping children preserve their faith in an ever-changing world (:00)Praying for your children as a starting point (1:12)Moving beyond profession to spiritual maturity (3:27)Conversing about difficult things like suffering (4:22)Making your home a place to discuss questions and doubts (5:49)Being a factor in your children’s interpretive process (6:28)Framing their faith with a worldview (8:32)How the local church helps (10:55)

Explore more from TGC on the topic of parenting.


What Did James Mean By, ‘You Do Not Have, Because You Do Not Ask’?
#64
02/24/2021

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Paul Tripp and J. D. Greear discuss the question, “What did James mean by, ‘You do not have, because you do not ask?’” They address:

Taking the verse seriously (:00)Avoiding a formulaic approach (1:16)Understanding God’s sovereignty in prayer (2:15)“Stop asking stupid questions and eat” (3:27)Understanding the call to pray (4:11)Best resources on prayer (5:06)Adulterous prayer (7:07)

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How Do Youth Leaders Disciple a Media-Formed Generation?
#63
02/20/2021

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Derek Rishmawy and Cameron Cole discuss the question, “How do youth leaders disciple a media-formed generation?” They address:

Quiet voices in crowded spaces (:28)Countering the darkness (1:15)The gender conversation (2:14)Recognizing spiritual enemies and fighting them in prayer (3:24)The authority of Christ (4:53)Supporting parents as they teach their children (5:40)Not simply playing defense (7:22)

Explore more from TGC on this topic:

Hope for the Global Youth CultureFollowing Christ in a World of Being “True to Yourself”


What Does Jesus Look Like? Is It Okay to Wonder?
#62
02/17/2021

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Chris Bruno and David Helm discuss the question, “What does Jesus look like? Is it okay to wonder?” They address:

Where to start (:28)Overcoming the enculturated view (1:27)Why the Bible doesn’t tell us how Jesus looked (2:31)Whether or not it’s okay to create representations of Jesus (3:47)Should we depend on icons to further our worship? (6:12)Our desire to see God (7:13)

Explore more from TGC on this topic:

What Did Jesus Look Like?Answering Eastern Orthodox Apologists Regarding Icons


Why Must We Believe the Bible Is Divinely Inspired?
#61
02/13/2021

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Rico Tice and Scott Oliphint discuss the question, “Why must we believe the Bible is divinely inspired?” They address:

It’s not just great literature (:28)When God’s authority is questioned (:43)Believing inconvenient truth (3:22)A question of the will (5:32)How it affects our evangelistic methodology (6:06)

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Scripture as Divine RevelationThe Divine Inspiration of Holy Scripture


How Do I Respond to Someone Who Rejects Scripture as a Trustworthy Source?
#60
02/10/2021

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Josh Chatraw and Mark Allen discuss the question, “How do I respond to someone who rejects scripture as a trustworthy source?” They address:

The context of the question (:29)Being intimidated by the question (1:27)Learning to triage the conversation and find the central issue (2:14)Leaning on the gospels as truth (3:32)Dispelling ideas that biblical stories are myths (4:34)The gospels are too counter-intuitive to be a hoax (8:36)

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But Is It All True: The Bible and the Question of Truth

We Just Need...


Would a Gospel Coalition Be Beneficial in Your Part of the World?
#59
02/06/2021

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Mike Evans and Jeong Woo Kim discuss the question, “Would a gospel coalition be beneficial in your part of the world?” They address:

Why TGC is necessary in Korea (:28)The need for unified gospel efforts (1:34)Trans-denominational efforts to return to reformational roots (2:07)


Explore more from TGC on this topic:

TGC Korea Provides New Forum for Gospel-Centered Content

Why Christianity Quit Growing in Korea


How Does Literature Deepen Our Understanding of Scripture?
#58
02/03/2021

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Karen Swallow Prior and Jen Pollock Michel discuss the question, “How does literature deepen our understanding of Scripture?” They address:

Reading vs. comprehension (:28)Paying attention (1:10)How social reading has affected our comprehension (2:19) Reading difficult texts (3:47)Reading for formation (4:38)Practicing imagination (5:41)Required imagination (6:52)


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Want to Read Great Literature? Start Here.

Why Every Story and All of Literature is Christ-Haunted


The Sanctity of Life: How Do We Love the Unborn and Their Mother?
#57
01/30/2021

Please listen with discretion as this episode addresses very sensitive topics around the sanctity of life.

Margaret Gibson joins us for the final installment of our four-part sanctity of life series to discuss empowering women with better choices, advocating for the unborn and their mothers, and why compassion and grace are essential in upholding the sanctity of life. 

She addresses:

How she came to work as the Director of Development at The Source Texas (1:31)How infertility softened her heart for women struggling with keeping their pregnancies (4:28)Empowering, educating, and resourcing women for better choices a...


The Sanctity of Life: How Does Legal Work Support the Pro-Life Cause?
#56
01/27/2021

Please listen with discretion as this episode addresses very sensitive topics around the sanctity of life.

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Matt Britton joins us for the third installment of our four-part sanctity of life series, discussing how his legal career grew beyond the courtroom and into fighting for the rights of the unborn in the pro-life movement.

Matt addresses:

A quick introduction (1:26)The core functions of 40 Days for Life (1:55)How he got involved in pro-life work (4:19)How pro-life includes advocating for women (5:49)Amazing things happening with the pro-life movement and how...


The Sanctity of Life: What Are the Medical Implications of Abortion?
#55
01/23/2021

Please listen with discretion as this episode references sensitive topics, including sexual assault.

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Dr. Haywood Robinson joins us for the second installment of our four-part sanctity of life series, relaying his own story of being redeemed from a career of performing abortions. He shares insightful answers to medical questions related to pro-life issues.

Dr. Robinson addresses:

Being found by Jesus (1:32)40 Days for Life (2:33)His spiritual transformation (5:56)Reconciling his career with his faith (10:47)Whether or not there are permissible reasons for abortions (12:16)Scientific and medical implications of abortion (17:03...


The Sanctity of Life: What Does it Mean to Be Pro-Life?
#54
01/20/2021

Please listen with discretion as this episode contains content related to abortion and pro-life issues. 

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Karen Swallow Prior introduces a new four-part series on the sanctity of life, addressing the true meaning of being pro-life and what she believes is necessary to end abortion. She addresses:

Defining “sanctity of life” (1:42)Understanding abortion in her own story (3:52)Getting involved—serving those facing crisis pregnancy (6:23)Acting as a last voice giving women the opportunity to choose life (8:01)Moving beyond politics to end abortion (9:00)Building a bridge to those who are secularly pro-lif...


How Do the Arts Help Us Learn and Grasp Scripture?
#53
01/16/2021

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Josh Byers and Quina Aragon address the question, “How do the arts help us learn and grasp Scripture?” They address:

The arts as a means of communication (:28)Hesitation around engaging the arts (1:57)God and visual communication (2:11)Emotion, the arts, and memory (2:45)The Psalms and emotional experience (4:12)Imago Dei (4:57)

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What Will Define the Next Generation of Pastors?
#52
01/13/2021

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Al Mohler and Bryan Chapell address the question, “What will define the next generation of pastors?” They address:

Concerns about the next generation of pastors (:29)Depreciation of commitment to denominations (1:00)Maintaining gospel centrality in a pluralistic culture (2:24)Deny Scripture or not talk about it (3:15)Fighting for cultural relevance (4:07)The speed of cultural change (4:55)Keeping the gospel first (5:49)

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How Can Churches Live Out the Doctrines of Grace?
#51
01/09/2021

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Ray Ortlund and Sam Allberry address the question, “How can churches live out the doctrines of grace?” They address:

Cherishing and living the doctrines of grace (:29)Being prepared to die (:59)Loving others to the end (2:12)Gospel doctrine, gospel culture (3:32)What impedes gospel culture and progress (5:09)

Explore more from TGC on churches living out the doctrines of grace here and here.

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How Do I Choose Solid Study Resources?
#50
01/06/2021

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Jackie Hill Perry and Colleen McFadden address the question, “How do I choose solid study resources?” They address:

Discerning the right options (:29)Not listening to just anyone’s recommendations (1:19)Time in the Scripture shapes your understanding of good resources (2:30)Your ultimate resource (2:44)Trusted people and organizations (3:19)Not neglecting prayer (3:45)Good online resources (4:21)Not letting online resources replace the church (5:04)Learning from wise believers around you (5:39)

Explore more from TGC on pre-written Bible study resources here.

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Sandra McCracken and Ellie Holcomb Discuss Their Favorite Christmas Carols
12/23/2020

In this bonus episode of TGC Q&A, Sandra McCracken and Ellie Holcomb discuss their favorite Christmas carols:

“O Holy Night”—even with the high note (:53)“Lo! How a Rose E’er Blooming” (2:04)“Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and Charlie Brown (2:23)“Silent Night” and “Away in a Manger” (4:25)“O Come All Ye Faithful” (5:23)

Explore more from TGC on Christmas and Advent songs here, here, and here.


Fernando Ortega and Stuart Townend Discuss Their Favorite Christmas Carols
12/19/2020

In this bonus episode of TGC Q&A, Fernando Ortega and Stuart Townend discuss their favorite Christmas carols:

“Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” (:44)“In the Bleak Midwinter” (1:00)“Joy to the World “(1:27)“O Come All Ye Faithful” (1:59)Huge language to grapple with mind-blowing truths (2:18)The humility of the Godhead as an infant (3:08)Honesty in Christmas songs (4:07)

Explore more from TGC on Christmas and Advent songs here, here, and here.


How Should Churches Biblically Address Divorce?
#49
12/16/2020

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Russell Moore and Mika Edmondson address the question, “How should churches biblically address divorce?” They discuss:

Spiritual warfare in at least two directions (:28)How God speaks about divorce (2:34)When the home is not safe—abandonment (4:55)Divorce as a weapon and Jesus’s response (6:15)

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How Do I Evangelize Generation Z?
#48
12/09/2020

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Derek Rishmawy and Cameron Cole address the question, “How do I evangelize Generation Z?” They discuss:

Understanding Generation Z (:28)Technology and instant gratification (2:08)Evangelism by Generation Z (5:07)

Explore more from TGC on this topic:

Meet Generation Z

3 Books to Help Church Leaders Understand Gen Z (or iGen)

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Why Should All Women Learn to Study the Bible?
#47
12/02/2020

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Taylor Turkington and Jen Wilkin address the question, “Why should women learn to study the Bible?” They discuss:

Knowing God (:27)When “we don’t need more Bible knowledge” (1:28)Growing as the church of God (2:14)Equipping to serve others (2:58)The joy of biblical depth (3:37)

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Is the Bible Good for Women?

Training Women to Teach the Bible (Panel)

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How Do I Proclaim Christ as the ‘Only Way’ in a Pluralistic Age?
#46
11/25/2020

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Jackie Hill Perry and Jen Pollock address the question, “How do I proclaim Christ as the only way in a pluralistic age?” They discuss:

“You do you” (:29)An invitation to save your life (1:45)When “you do you” rubs others the wrong way (2:48)Participating in the activities of Jesus (4:07)A greater joy (4:48)The exhaustion of autonomy and the rest of Christ (5:34)

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The Gospel in a Pluralistic Society

Contradict

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What Did Paul Mean by ‘I Do Not Permit a Woman to Teach’?
#45
11/18/2020

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Tim Keller and Don Carson address the question, “What did Paul mean by ‘I do not permit a woman to teach'?” They discuss:

What Paul actually forbids (:29)The debate over whether he forbids one thing or two (2:21)Imperial ignorance—it can’t be known (3:43)Transcultural exhortation (4:15)

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Should Women Preach In Our Churches?

Pastors Need Women Teachers (and Vice Versa)

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What’s the Future of Religious Freedom in the U.S.?
#44
11/11/2020

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Russell Moore and Kristen Waggoner address the question, “What’s the future of religious freedom in the U.S.?” They discuss:

Hope for the future of religious freedom (:29)Why religious freedom is important (1:43)Preparing churches to build conscience in its people (2:43)Wisdom to differentiate violation of conscience from things that are not (3:58)Religious freedom outside of churches (5:36)Dying to self vs. building precedent for others (7:00)Being faithful and wise and seeing God move in ways we don’t expect (9:36)

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How Has Secularism Shaped Contemporary Christianity?
#43
11/04/2020

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Mike Cosper and Alan Noble address the question, “How has secularism shaped contemporary Christianity?” They discuss:

How secularism has shaped the hearts of church leaders (:28)Entrepreneurship-shaped models of church (1:27)Uncontested adoption of technologies (3:20)When worship feels categorically like every other experience (4:23)Leaning into the purposeful differences (5:19)

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Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age.

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What Does Ineffective Apologetics Look Like?
#42
10/28/2020

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Josh Chatraw and Mark Allen address the question, “What does ineffective apologetics look like?” They discuss:

Appealing to your base leading to polarization (:28)Canned approaches (2:37)Addressing objections poorly (3:35)Avoiding ineffective approaches and giving hope (5:14)Defining effective apologetics (7:20)

Explore more from TGC on the featured topic of apologetics.

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How Should Christians Pray During Elections?
#41
10/21/2020

In this episode of TGC Q&A, Mika Edmonson and Russell Moore address the question, “How should Christians pray during elections?” They discuss:

Praying generally and individually (:28)Praying for unity, humility, and empathy (2:03)Avoiding “apocalyptic” attitudes (3:20)Seeing beyond particular moral perspectives (4:27)

Explore more from TGC on navigating election season here:

4 Ways to Worship—Not Worry—This Election Season

The Two Articles Every Christian Should Read the Day After the Election

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What Does it Mean to Be a New Creation?
#40
10/14/2020

Rebecca McLaughlin and Taylor Turkington  discuss:

Complete transformation (:29)Everything made new (1:42)Newness that progresses (3:16)Power perfected in weakness (3:46)Waiting for completion (4:30)Clinging to Christ in a new value system (5:12)

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The New CreationNew Creation in Paul’s Letters and Thought

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What Bible Passage Do You Treasure Most?
#39
10/07/2020

Crawford Loritts and Jason Cook answer the question, “What Bible passage do you treasure most?” They discuss:

1 Corinthians 1:18—foolishness and folly (:27)Reasons verses resonate with us (1:18)Joshua 1:8—the Bible and its context for our lives (1:48)Belief in the sufficiency of God’s Word (3:41)The power of God’s Word to do hard work (5:18)Gifts and God’s Word (5:57)

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The Sufficiency of Scripture

Finding the Right Bible Reading Plan

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