Nov 18, 2020
What Did Paul Mean by ‘I Do Not Permit a Woman to Teach’?
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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)

Explore more from TGC on this topic:

Should Women Preach In Our Churches?

Pastors Need Women Teachers (and Vice Versa)

This episode of TGC Q&A is brought to you by Operation Christmas Child. National Collection Week is November 16 through 23. Visit to learn how gift-filled shoeboxes will result in evangelism and discipleship for millions of children this year.

The Gospel Coalition, Collin Hansen
Russell Moore: How to Stand When the World Is Falling
If I want to read anyone’s reflections on recent years, it’s Russell Moore. The president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC hasn’t been as visible or vocal as he was before 2017, at least until the last week following the attack on the U.S. Capitol. But his newest book, _The Courage to Stand: Facing Your Fear Without Losing Your Soul_, published by B&H, is even better than a tell-all memoir. It’s a grace-infused reflection on where and how to stand tall when it feels like the world is going to crush you. Moore says, “The courage to stand is the courage to be crucified.” Indeed, Jesus sets the tone for this book. And if you’re going to worship and follow a Savior who submitted to the cross, you’re not going to follow the world’s typical mode of courage. I see this book as seeking to reclaim Jesus, or at least his reputation and authority, among evangelicals. Moore observes, “An entire generation is watching what goes on under the name of American religion, wondering if there is something real to it, or if it is just another useful tool to herd people, to elect allies, to make money.” Elsewhere he writes, “I’m not surprised now when I see Jesus used as a mascot to prop up some identity politics or power agenda, or even to cover up private immorality or public injustice.” We’ve seen that recently with the Jericho March, and then the protests-turned-attack at the Capitol. Moore joins me on Gospelbound to tell us what scares him, how to lead when no one seems to be following, ambition masquerading as conviction, and much more. This episode of Gospelbound is sponsored by The Good Book Company, publisher of _Meals with Jesus _by Ed Drew. These simple 10-minute family devotions in Luke’s Gospel explore Jesus’ character through nine meals that he shared with people. More information at
50 min
Life and Books and Everything
Life and Books and Everything
Kevin DeYoung, Collin Hansen, Justin Taylor
John Piper Talks Books
John Piper sits down with Kevin DeYoung to discuss human purpose, pastoral leadership, the advantages of reading slowly. And of course they discuss books, too. So many books. Reading them; writing them; loving them; but most of all desiring God through them. (See the full list below.) And in this conversation you will get a picture of what will perhaps be John Piper’s magnum opus.   Life and Books and Everything is sponsored by Crossway, publisher of New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional, by Paul David Tripp. New Morning Mercies is great for people looking for a devotional in the new year—featuring 365 gospel-centered devotions. Each reading leads with a compelling, gospel-centered thought, followed by an extended meditation for the day. It equips you with the good news that you need to trust in God’s goodness, rely on his grace, and live for his glory—day in and day out.  For 30% off this book and all other books and Bibles at Crossway, sign up for a free Crossway+ account at Timestamps:  An Excellent Book for 2021 [1:11 – 2:37]  What did John Piper do for Christmas during coronavirus? [2:37 – 4:58]  Why Piper doesn’t like the word ‘retirement’ [4:58 – 12:45]  Especially Formative Books for John Piper [12:45 – 19:57]  On the Pros and Cons of Reading Slowly [19:57 – 34:48]  Books to Kickstart Pastoral Ministry [34:48 – 43:54]  Favorite Biographies [43:54 – 46:32]  Books to Return To [46:32 – 51:59]  The Hardest Book John Piper Had to Write and His Favorite [51:59 – 57:38]  Providence: John Piper’s Latest Book [57:38 – 1:03:15]  Enjoying the Process of Writing; Praise for Pastors Who Don’t Write Books [1:03:15 – 1:09:33]  More Questions on Providence and Providence [1:09:33 – 1:20:40]  The Most Important Verse in the Bible [1:20:40 – 1:25:08]  Books and More Books:  New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional, by Paul David Tripp (get 30% off)  Thinking God’s Thoughts: The Hermeneutics of Humility, by Daniel P. Fuller  The Unity of the Bible: Unfolding God's Plan for Humanity, by Daniel P. Fuller  Freedom of the Will, by Jonathan Edwards  The End for Which God Created the World, by Jonathan Edwards  The Religious Affections, by Jonathan Edwards  Validity in Interpretation, by E.D. Hirsch  Letters to Malcolm, Chiefly on Prayer, by C.S. Lewis  A Mind Awake: An Anthology of C.S. Lewis The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, by John Owen, introduction by J.I. Packer Communion with the Triune God, by John Owen   The Glory of Christ, by John Owen  How to Read a Book, by Mortimer Adler  Brothers, We Are Not Professionals, by John Piper  The Religious Life of Theological Students, by Benjamin B. Warfield  The Christian Ministry, by Charles Bridges  The True Excellency of a Minister of the Gospel, by Jonathan Edwards  Lectures to My Students, by Charles Spurgeon, especially “The Minister’s Fainting Fits” and “The Blind Eye and the Deaf Ear”  Preaching and Preachers by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones  Walking with the Giants, by Warren Wiersbe  Listening to the Giants, by Warren Wiersbe  Giant Steps, by Warren Wiersbe  Tony Reinke on modern technology  Reformed Dogmatics by Hermann Bavinck   Systematic Theology, by Wayne Grudem  21 Servants of Sovereign Joy: Faithful, Flawed, and Fruitful, by John Piper  Augustine of Hippo: A Biography, by Peter Brown  William Tyndale: A Biography, by David Danielle  Jonathan Edwards: A Life, George Marsden  Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography, by Iain Murray  To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson, by Courtney Anderson  Portrait of Calvin, by T.H.L. Parker  Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther, Roland Bainton  A Sacrifice of Praise: An Anthology of Christian Poetry in English from Caedmon to the Mid-Twentieth Century The poetry of George Herbert  What Jesus Demands from the World, by John Piper  Desiring God, by John Piper  Spectacular Sins: And Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ, by John Piper  Providence, by John Piper (Pre-Order at Westminster Books)
1 hr 25 min
As In Heaven
As In Heaven
The Gospel Coalition
What’s at Stake?: Gospel Opportunities and Implications
In this episode of As In Heaven, hosts Jim Davis and Mike Aitcheson welcome Soong Chan-Rah to discuss reclaiming the church from cultural captivity and the specific ways that Western attitudes of individualism have crept into our modern ministry philosophies. Rah shares insights regarding the ethics of the kingdom and paints a picture of hopes and dreams for the future. Rah focuses on the positive gospel opportunities in addressing race and justice with kingdom ethics. * An introduction to Soong Chan-Rah (:58) * Cultural shifts in objections to the gospel (2:54) * The significance of minority leadership in this shift (9:43) * The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church From Western Cultural Captivity (13:27) * “Captivity” in the conversation (17:11) * Advice for church leadership in these conversations (21:14) * “Aren’t we pas this now?” (28:10) * How important it is for the church to get this cultural moment right (33:55) * What happens when churches dismiss these cultural conversations (37:59) * The church’s two minute drill (42:44) * Hopeful realism (49:21) Explore more from TGC on the topic of race.DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: * What are some biblical truths that the church stands by that you see the church as failing to live into? * What does it mean that we should embrace “the full biblical narrative”? In the arc of that narrative, which parts of the narrative do you see yourself latching on to more easily? * What are ways that the church has gone into “captivity” to western values? What are ways you have seen this in our bible reading? In our community life? In Christian engagements with social issues? * What are ways that we can remember the sins of our past corporately in regard to how the church has engaged with minority racial groups? What gospel hope does Jesus offer in our remembering? * What are your hopes for the future of the Western Church? How do you hope to see the church embrace values that are biblical, rather than cultural? What would that look like for your local church?
53 min
Help Me Teach The Bible
Help Me Teach The Bible
The Gospel Coalition, Nancy Guthrie
Dan Doriani on James (Re-release)
To teach us how to teach the book of James, Nancy Guthrie talked with Dan Doriani, vice president of strategic academic initiatives and professor of theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. Doriani is the author of _Getting the Message: A Plan for Interpreting and Applying the Bible_, a book that is essential reading for every Bible teacher, as well as numerous commentaries. He also wrote the introduction and notes on the book of James in the _Gospel Transformation Bible_. Topics in this discussion include: * the way Jesus is presented differently in James compared to other epistles * the tree tests of James * the nature of “true religion” * the gospel according to James * bringing a social justice framework to teaching James * whether there’s conflict between James and Paul regarding faith and works * praying for healing according to James Here are some additional resources you may find helpful in preparing to teach James: * Doriani’s class lectures on James at Covenant Theological Seminary (registration required) * Sermons on James by Alistair Begg * Sermons on James by Dick Lucas * Let’s Get Real! sermon series by various teachers at All Souls, Langham Place For further study, here are some books you may find helpful, including titles from Crossway, the sponsor of Help Me Teach the Bible: * _James _(Reformed Expository Commentary) by Dan Doriani * _The Letter of James _(Pillar New Testament Commentary) Douglas J. Moo * _James: Faith that Works_ (Preaching the Word Commentary) by R. Kent Hughes * _James: a 12-Week Study_ by Greg Gilbert
1 hr 4 min
Read the Bible
Read the Bible
The Gospel Coalition, D. A. Carson
January 18 – Vol. 2
Something is to be gained by bringing today’s two readings, Nehemiah 8 and Acts 18, into juxtaposition. Much of Acts 18 is devoted to preaching and teaching the Word of God and to the issue of how to understand God’s revelation aright. When Silas and Timothy arrive in Corinth from Macedonia (Acts 18:5), presumably bringing with them some support money, Paul is set free to devote himself “exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ” (Acts 18:5). Eventually the heat of opposition drives him to spend more time with Gentiles. No longer free to use the synagogue, he uses the house of Titius Justus next door. Soon the synagogue ruler himself is converted (Acts 18:8). Some Jews mount a legal challenge against Paul, but the local magistrate perceives that the dispute essentially involves controverted interpretations of Scripture (Acts 18:12–16). The end of the chapter introduces Apollos, learned in the Scriptures and a powerful speaker, but still somewhat ill-informed regarding Jesus. He “knew only the baptism of John” (Acts 18:25). He may well have known enough of John the Baptist’s teaching to announce the coming of Jesus and perhaps even details of Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection; but like the “believers” at the beginning of the next chapter, he might not have known of Pentecost and the gift of the Spirit. After all, many Jews from around the empire visited Jerusalem at the time of the feasts and then returned home. If Apollos and others had left Jerusalem after the resurrection but before Pentecost, it was not impossible that years could have elapsed before they became better informed. And information is precisely what Priscilla and Aquila provide Apollos, explaining to him “the way of God more adequately” (Acts 18:26). In Nehemiah 8, Ezra begins a seven-day Bible conference. He carefully reads “the Law” to the assembled crowd. The Levites join in; they “instructed the people in the Law.… They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people could understand what was being read” (Neh. 8:7–8). The expression “making it clear” could be rendered “translating it”; after all, the Law was written in Hebrew, and by this time most of the people spoke Aramaic. The Bible had become a closed book to them. Whether through translation or exposition or both, the people are understanding it again. Joy dawns “because they now understood the words that had been made known to them” (Neh. 8:12). Whether under the old covenant or the new, nothing is more important for the growth and maturation of God’s people than a heart hungry to read and understand what God says, and people to make it plain. _This podcast is designed to be used alongside TGC's Read The Bible initiative ( The podcast features devotional commentaries from D.A. Carson’s book For the Love of God (vol. 2) that follow the M’Cheyne Bible reading plan._
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