Introducing the Good Faith Debates

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Are you feeling pressure to understand and engage with an ever-growing array of confusing and polarizing issues? Perhaps you’ve witnessed bitter arguments tearing your family, friends, or churches apart.

You’re not alone. I feel it too. Every week I hear from confused and concerned Christians. They want less heat and more light. They want to stay focused on the gospel. They want to put their faith into action. They want to care. But they don’t know who to trust.

The Gospel Coalition serves the church by producing timely content that grapples with some of the most pressing issues of our time.

I’m praying that the Good Faith Debates will do just that. In early May we’ll be releasing a five-part video debate series featuring prominent Christian thinkers discussing some of the most divisive issues facing the church today.

When we keep the gospel central, we can disagree on lesser but still important matters in good faith. In the Good Faith Debates, we hope to model this—showing that it’s possible for two Christians united around the gospel to engage in charitable conversation even amid substantive disagreement.

  • Debate #1: How should Christians think about gun control and the right to bear arms? Featuring Bob Thune and Andrew Wilson.
  • Debate #2: Is “woke church” a stepping stone to theological compromise? Featuring Sean DeMars and Rebecca McLaughlin.
  • Debate #3: Should the “pro-life” movement be holistically (womb to tomb) or narrowly (womb) focused? Featuring Scott Klusendorf and Karen Swallow Prior.
  • Debate #4: What’s the best approach for the church to address racial injustice? Featuring Brian Davis and Justin Giboney.
  • Debate #5: Should we insist on a theological and historical definition of “evangelical” if many self-described evangelicals see it primarily as a political identity? Featuring Ryan Burge and Andrew Walker.

I’m looking forward to this series (see the videos here) as we explore together how the gospel applies to all of life. We need better discourse than artificial cable TV fights designed to divide us. We need deep reflection on the contours of Christian freedom and obligation.

Gather some friends to watch together and begin your own discussion. You might even change your mind a time or two—and learn to disagree in good faith.