You can only say so much in a blog post. These short articles aim to grab your attention, hold it for a little while, then release you onto other reading pursuits (or back to work). A good blog leaves you wanting more, asking questions. Maybe a comment clarifies a point or two. Sometimes the author will even interact with subsequent discussion by expanding on an area of particular interest. But communication in written form largely runs one direction, even when an article or review spreads like wildfire through the viral networks of social media.

If you’re reading this post it’s safe to assume you take time to browse blogs. But you’re not always sitting in front of a computer reading. When driving, working out, cleaning up the yard, or completing menial tasks, you still want to learn, maybe by listening in on focused discussions about issues in the news and the most popular articles you read during the week. You want to hear someone follow up by posing your questions after reading and pondering.

Tune In

The Gospel Coalition’s new podcast, “Going Deeper with TGC,” has two goals:

  1. We want to follow up on the most widely read, controversial, helpful, insightful resources produced by our council members, writers, editors, and bloggers.
  2. We want to serve you by using a different medium, audio, to provide the same quality of gospel-centered content we publish in blogs, essays, and reviews.

We’ve assembled an experienced team to produce this podcast, which we aim to record at least every two weeks. I’m joined each time by my co-host, Mark Mellinger, the gifted news anchor of WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In this inaugural podcast, we interview Thabiti Anyabwile, well known to many of you as a TGC council member and blogger at Pure Church. Lately Thabiti has published articles on same-sex marriage and African American church leaders along with analysis of the debate over the Puritan record on slavery. We discuss both of these issues with him in the context of the impending U.S. presidential election.

Each podcast will also feature a segment from our friends at The Gospel Project. This week a couple more TGC bloggers, Trevin Wax and Jared Wilson, talk about the God who speaks through general revelation. Finally, Mark and I close each podcast by previewing upcoming articles, events, and projects with The Gospel Coalition. We have reserved a major announcement for this first edition of “Going Deeper with TGC.” So you’ll need to listen to the full 30-minute broadcast for details on the upcoming release of New City Catechism, developed by Tim Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church in partnership with TGC.

There are several ways to listen. Open iTunes and search the store for The Gospel Coalition podcast, where you’ll find the first edition of “Going Deeper with TGC” along with all our conference messages and roundtables, including the most recent discussion on church size with Matt Chandler, Kevin DeYoung, and Mark Dever. You can also stream or download the podcast at the end of this post.

We hope you enjoy this new feature and look forward to your feedback, including suggestions on subjects where you want to see TGC go deeper. [audio:http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/files/2012/10/Going-Deeper-with-TGC-10-5-with-Thabiti-Anyabwile.mp3]

Going Deeper with TGC, 10/5, with Thabiti Anyabwile