Self-control is in high regard these days. The regard, however, is for a kind of self-control that pushes against outside feedback. It says, I know myself best. So only I can control how I live. But this is not how the Bible talks about self-control in the slightest. The Bible...
I see a pattern of gradual disengagement from the local church that eventually transitions to disengagement from faith altogether. It’s a natural progression. —Brett McCracken
Unlocking the Bible continues to release weekly episodes of Readers and Writers with Colin Smith, a podcast recorded live at The Gospel Coalition’s 2017 National Conference.
Our final guest this season is Brett McCracken, who shares about his writing and new book from Crossway, Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community.
Here’s a summary of the book’s content:
The “seeker-sensitive” movement has had its moment in evangelicalism—attracting people by being cool, comfortable, and convenient. But what if the church truly thrives only when it embraces the more difficult aspects of Christianity?
Uncomfortable makes a compelling case that following Jesus and being in his church are not cool and comfortable, but rather stretch, challenge, and push us. Believers who accept the uncomfortable and even awkward aspects of Christianity in the context of the local church—believing difficult truths, embracing sacrifice, pursuing holiness, and loving the people around them—are the ones who will see the church grow most significantly and the gospel advance most powerfully.
Listen to Pastor Colin’s interview with Brett! (You can also subscribe to the iTunes podcast.)