Resources by Jared C. Wilson

Jared C. Wilson is the Director of Content Strategy for Midwestern Seminary, managing editor of For The Church, and author of more than ten books, including Gospel Wakefulness, The Pastor’s Justification, and The Prodigal Church. You can follow him on Twitter.

May 1

Grace and The Non-Instagrammable Church by Jared C. Wilson

The church with the snot-nosed kids and the cantankerous old folks and the arrogant hipsters and the out-of-touch Baby Boomers and the overweight “praise team” and the pastor with his short-sleeved button-up shirt tucked into his high-waisted Dockers? Well, that’s the kind of place where grace can really show off.

Jun 17, 2014

Good News for the Weakest Ministers by Jared C. Wilson

Like the apostle Paul, it is every minister's business to glory in his infirmities. The world says, "Pshaw! upon your oratory; it is rough, and rude, and eccentric." Yet, 'tis even so, but we are content, for God blesses it. Then so much the better that it has infirmities in it; for now shall it be plainly seen that it is not of man or by man, but the…

Sep 21, 2015

God Wants the Liabilities by Jared C. Wilson

God looks at the available selection, sees that I have no evident talent or ability and that in fact I give all indications of being a liability to the team, not an asset, and says, "I'll take him."

Aug 21

Getting Bored With the Right Things by Jared C. Wilson

Jesus is sweating blood while the disciples are sawing logs.

Sep 25, 2014

Gentleness is Not an Option by Jared C. Wilson

"[G]entleness is essential to Christian living. It is not an add-on. It is… one of the few indisputable evidences of the Holy Spirit alive and well within someone. Gentleness is not just for some Christians, those wired in a certain way. It cannot merely be an inherent character trait, a result of personality or genetic predisposition, because it is listed as part of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians…

Jul 4, 2016

Freedom From the Tyranny of Hyper-Spirituality by Jared C. Wilson

The tyranny of hyper-spirituality our church culture had foisted on us set us up for disappointment because it held up religious experiences as the means of God’s grace, rather than the finished work of the cross.

Apr 24, 2015

For The Renaissance by Jared C. Wilson

Managing editor Jared Wilson explains the vision of For The Church as a place to help contribute to the burgeoning "writing culture" developing in the gospel-centered movement.

May 22

Finally, An Older Brother Worthy of the Honor by Jared C. Wilson

Ever notice how Jude identifies himself not as Jesus' kid brother, but as Jesus' servant?

Jul 27, 2015

Fear and Trembling by Jared C. Wilson

As it pertains to having the living God draw near to us, fear and trembling assume it is truly God and the glorious Christ we have encountered and not some pitiful caricature.

Sep 26, 2016

Faith and Hope and Love Endure Forever by Jared C. Wilson

Our frail earthly faith and our tender heavenly hope will meet their match in the Love that strengthens them, and we will enjoy this Love forever.

Aug 9

Episode 011: Dave Harvey

For The Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

In Episode 11 of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and Dave Harvey discuss vital ministry practices of preaching, counseling, applying the gospel to one's self, and the celebrity pastor problem.

Jul 26

Episode 010: Why Discipleship Matters

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Episode 10: Why Discipleship Matters

"Maybe our failure to disciple the converts we make is why we’re making fewer converts."

Jul 12

Episode 009: John Onwuchekwa

For The Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

In Episode 9 of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and John Onwuchekwa discuss ministry and mission in urban environments, the declining numbers in the SBC, and what it's like for stutterers to make a living doing public speaking.

Jun 28

Episode 008: The Danger of Skipping Church

For The Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Is it really that big a deal to skip church?

Jun 14

Episode 007: Barnabas Piper

For The Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

In Episode 7 of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and Barnabas Piper discuss curiosity, platform, pastors' kids, and what it's like growing up the son of John Piper.

May 31

Episode 006: Lessons Learned from the Fall of Mars Hill Church

For The Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

In this episode of the For The Church Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with Miles Rohde, lead pastor of Redemption Spokane, which began as the Mars Hill Spokane campus prior to the collapse of that ministry empire, about what we can learn from Mars Hill's fall.

May 17

Episode 005: Owen Strachan on The Benedict Option

For The Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

In Episode 5 of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and Dr. Owen Strachan discuss Rod Dreher's  book The Benedict Option and ask the important question, "What would it look like if Satan took over a city?"

May 3

Episode 004: Jonathan Leeman

For The Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Episode 4: Jonathan Leeman

“Churches seem to have lost track of what the Bible says about organizing our lives together.”

Apr 19

Episode 003: Preventing Ministry Burnout

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Episode 3: Preventing Ministry Burnout

"You might say your season of life does not allow for much rest, but you are setting yourself up for a disastrous next season."

Apr 19

Episode 002: Matt Boswell

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Episode 2 with Matt Boswell

Matt is the pastor of ministries and worship and an elder at Providence Church. A native Texan, he grew up the son of a pastor. He has been leading worship and involved in church planting since 1995. His passion is to see our congregation engaged in gospel-centered ministry, and in this environment live out the great commission. He writes songs for congregational worship…

Apr 19

Episode 001: Matt Chandler

For The Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Episode 1: Matt Chandler

"If you can teach the Bible in a compelling way to 1st through 5th graders, you've got all the raw tools you need."

Sep 22, 2015

Dying for Glory: A Funeral Sermon for a Friend by Jared C. Wilson


Richard saw the sheer eternal value in getting Christ's everything for his nothing.

Feb 8, 2016

Dude, Prepare for Later Now by Jared C. Wilson

"Just give me the ball. I will run out of gas ten yards in, pull up with a muscle cramp, and collapse with two high ankle sprains."

Oct 17, 2016

Do Visitors To Your Church Really Feel Welcome?

Your 5-Step Visitor Hospitality Checklist

I hope you will work through this 5-step checklist with eyes open to the impression your church may be leaving visitors.

Dec 7, 2015

Don't Let Christmas Distract You From Jesus by Jared C. Wilson

There is a great danger this Christmas season of missing the point. And I'm not referring simply to idolatrous consumption and materialism. I'm talking about Christmas religiosity. It is very easy around this time to set up our Nativity scenes, host our Christmas pageants and cantatas, read the Christmas story with our families, attend church every time the door is open, and insist to ourselves and others that Jesus is…

Aug 20, 2014

Do Not Let Your Sense of Failure Blind You to the Glory of Gospel Freedom by Jared C. Wilson

Memoirs-of-an-Ordinary-Pastor"When I was a young man, I heard D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones comment that he would not go across the street to hear himself preach. Now that I am close to the age he was when I heard him, I am beginning to understand. It is rare for me to finish a sermon without feeling somewhere between slightly discouraged and moderately depressed that I have not preached with more unction, that…

May 30, 2016

Division Begins with The Departure from the Truth by Jared C. Wilson

It isn't those who believe the Bible when it says sin is sin that are being divisive; it is those who are introducing the idea that some sins aren't.

May 29

Discipleship for the Rest of Us by Jared C. Wilson

What do you think of when you hear the word "discipleship?"

Aug 13, 2014

Depression and Common Grace by Jared C. Wilson

A few years ago I had a book published called Gospel Wakefulness. It is a very important book to me, as it came out of the second most important event of my life, second only to my conversion—the moment when the gospel became realer than real. And this happened out of a great personal disaster. I won't rehash my testimony here; many of my readers are familiar with it. But…

Feb 27

Dear 'Concerned Church Member' by Jared C. Wilson

It is Jesus who is available to you 24/7, and I'm not him.

Aug 27, 2015

Cultivating a Gracious Climate in Your Church by Jared C. Wilson

A message of grace may attract people, but a culture of grace will keep them.

May 5, 2015

Crucifying Defensiveness by Jared C. Wilson

Crucifying the defensive impulse is so difficult because it essentially means choosing to allow others to misunderstand you, misjudge you, and even malign you.

May 8, 2015

Contentment, the Stealth Prosperity Gospel, and Spiritual Greed by Jared C. Wilson

So the great irony of prosperity gospelism is that it actually cultivates its own need for itself. It is built on discontentment and greed and desire and accumulating (whether stuff or "spirituality"), and therefore it turns in on itself, self perpetuating, continuing to create the needs it promises to fill.

Jul 20, 2015

Confession as Idle, Lustful Babbling by Jared C. Wilson

5 errors that masquerade as biblical confession of sin.

Dec 6, 2015

Church Facilities: Holiness and Hospitality by Jared C. Wilson

Ultimately we want to honor God with the resources we've been given. These premises are God's before they are ours.

Jul 14, 2015

Christian Men Think Clearly Christianly by Jared C. Wilson

All men face similar sexual temptations, but the Christian man is to think actual thoughts—clear, articulate, intentional thoughts. The Christian man doesn't just feel things in his mind; he says things to his mind.

Jan 30

Christian Life Beyond the Quiet Time

Devotion as a Way of Life

Be filled with the Spirit? How can I be something the Spirit does?

Jun 28, 2015

Can I Tell You About My Friend Jesus? by Jared C. Wilson

Here is a series of tweets about my very best friend.

Jan 4, 2016

Called Into the All-Surpassing Awesomeness of Jesus by Jared C. Wilson

We need all that Christ is, and in becoming his disciples, we actually receive all that Christ is!

Jun 13, 2016

But Do You Adore Jesus? by Jared C. Wilson

Has Jesus become our mascot, our projection? When you look at him, what do you see?

Aug 6, 2014

Building and Destroying, Transforming and Terrifying -- All with a Word by Jared C. Wilson

It shouldn't work. It makes no sense. It is not lofty wisdom and it is not a miraculous sign, as far as signs expected go. It's really just a message, an announcement. When you break it down—you know, information-wise—it's really simply an historical anecdote.

But it's really all we've got.

See, while some seek to persuade by barbarism or bribery, by marauding or manipulation, we've…

Jun 5

Bring the Books!

In Defense of More 'Gospely' Writing

The idea that a book could impact a soul, that it could awaken something fresh in a weary spirit, give a reader a new sense of Christ's grace that changes everything -- that's worth writing for.

May 12, 2015

Beyond "Nice"

The Gospel as Middle and Better Way

The gospel explodes niceness.

Sep 5, 2016

Be Bold Enough to Follow The Truth As Far as It Takes You by Jared C. Wilson

Maybe Jesus is sifting out his churches that his Church might rise up.

Oct 26, 2015

Attractional Church: All Bait, No Switch by Jared C. Wilson

When we lose the centrality of the gospel, we lose the ability to think straight.