Jonathan introduces Brandon Smith as the Director of Gospel-Centered Discipleship and shares their excitement about absorbing Project TGM’s articles and excellent team. He also gives a sneak peek at a few eBooks that are on the horizon.
2. Mentoring, Church, & Missional in Discipleship (My Response to a 9 Marks Book Review) by Jonathan Dodson
Jonathan responds to a 9 Marks review of his book, Gospel-Centered Discipleship. He says that he hopes “to clarify my position and, perhaps by God’s good grace, increase clarity regarding some of these very important discipleship questions. I believe some real fruitful discussion could result, as two resource ministries (and an author and reviewer) reflect on Scripture for the good of the church and the world.”
There are ambitions which silently attach themselves to those of us who are participating in the work of the Kingdom of God. The desire to be known. To be recognized. To be wanted. To be in demand. To make a name for yourself. To have a calendar full of important speaking engagements. We each indulge our favorite flavor. And often we think we’re helping Jesus out when we do it.
When we think of addictions, we often think of things like drugs and alcohol. You might add pornography or sex into the list. For many, these aren’t the addictions that plague us. Josh isn’t talking about debt and money; he is talking weight loss, body image, and food. This is Part 1 of a 3-part series.
You know what not changing looks like, but what about character change? In the character journey we re-learn the gospel. We cling to God. We realize that God is working all things together for our good. It just doesn’t look like the good we want; it looks even better: conformity into the image of the Son (Romans 8:28-29). In the midst of the struggles, God has been transforming our character as much as he has been using us to transform the world. We want God to work through us, but he is doing just as much work in us.
Brandon Smith is Director of GCD, Associate Editor of The Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood, and Director of Communications at Criswell College. He lives in Grapevine, Texas with his wife, Christa, and daughter, Harper. Follow him on Twitter: @BrandonSmith85.