Author Archives: Collin Hansen

Collin Hansen serves as editorial director for The Gospel Coalition. He is the co-author of A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir. He and his wife belong to Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and he serves on the advisory board of Beeson Divinity School. You can follow him on Twitter.

Why Youth Ministers Need to Be Theologians

The world bears down with ferocity on the fledging faith of Christian youth. So why should we expect any less theological rigor from our pastors who serve them?

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When Jesus Said Farewell

Love for the world motivated by anything other than love for Jesus inevitably fails to offer the kind of love the world needs.

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Battle of Science vs. Religion: Necessary or Evil?

Red vs. Blue. Alabama vs. Auburn. Ford vs. Chevy. Two rivals enter the arena. Only one rival will leave victorious.

Heated though these rivalries may be, they don’t compare to the winner-take-all struggle for the soul of the West. Science vs. Religion dictates our debates and defines our times. The closely watched debate on the origins of life between Ken Ham and Bill Nye confirmed this adversarial narrative. As did a recent essay in the New Yorker, in which Adam Gopnik observed, “Surprisingly few people who have considered the alternatives—few among the caucus who consciously stand up, voting aye or nay—believe any longer in God.” Writing in his widely influential book A Secular Age, the eminent philosopher Charles Taylor argues that Science is winning the argument against Religion not primarily on the facts so much as the intuition: would you rather be on the side of reason and progress or dogma and repression?

Has the argument always been shaped this way? Will it always be this way?

For these answers and more I turned to John D. Woodbridge, research professor of church history and the history of Christian thought at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Along with co-author Frank A. James III, he recently published Church History Volume Two: From Pre-Reformation to the Present Day. Among other topics in this 30-minute interview, we discussed the decline of Christianity in the West, challenges to biblical authority, and the damage of Darwinism. Stay tuned for the end of the interview when Woodbridge offers …

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Editor’s Choice: The Best of 2013

Perhaps my greatest privilege as editorial director of TGC is taking a daily big-picture look at the various resources we’re publishing at the site.

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My Top 10 Theology Stories of 2013

The only thing I know about your reaction to this list of top 10 theology stories is that you won’t agree.

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Keith Getty on What Makes ‘In Christ Alone’ Accepted and Contested

Keith Getty talks about the exclusion of ‘In Christ Alone’ from the Presbyterian hymnal and why he remains committed to the song’s original lyrics.

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Gladwell on Power and the Weapons of the Spirit

As Son of God from before the beginning of time, Jesus wielded unfathomable power. Yet he was born in a lowly manger and learned the carpentry trade in a backwater town. According to the apostle Paul, “by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him” (Col. 1:16). Yet when confronted by his betrayer, he put up no fight. He told the apostle Peter, ”For all who take the sword will perish by the sword” (Matt. 26:52).

Power, then, is not always as it seems. That’s the point Malcolm Gladwell and I recently discussed with regard to his new book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling GiantsI spoke with the bestselling author and staff writer for The New Yorker about why he decided to dig deeper into the famous story of David and Goliath.

“There are real limits to what evil and misfortune can accomplish,” he writes in the book, which I have also reviewed. “You see the giant and the shepherd in the Valley of Elah and your eye is drawn to the man with the sword and shield and the glittering armor. But so much of what is beautiful and valuable in the world comes from the shepherd, who has more strength and purpose than we ever imagine” (274-275).

We discussed several fascinating stories, including the Huguenots in south-central France who harbored Jews during World War II. They defied the French police working for the Nazi …

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Piper on Pastors’ Pay

The rich have no corner on selfishness. But it would also be a mistake to think that the Bible treats riches and poverty as equally dangerous spiritually.

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Elected Homecoming Queen: An Exceptional Story

Even many pro-life Christians make an exception that would have snuffed out her life.

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Flight or Fright? How to Redeem Halloween

Timothy George discusses how Christians should handle this strange holiday that brings neighbors together over ghoulish scenes of death and unhealthy piles of chocolate.

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