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“Readers and Writers” Episode 9 with Brett McCracken

August 17, 2017

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



 

Brett McCrackenUnlocking 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.)


The Author
Kristen Wetherell

Kristen Wetherell is a writer and Bible teacher. She has previously served as content manager of Unlocking the Bible. She is the author, along with Sarah Walton, of Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering (The Good Book Company, April 2017). She blogs at her website, and you can follow her on Twitter. She and her husband Brad are parents to their sweet daughter and members of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Itasca, Ill.



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