One of the most important duties of a Christian is reading God’s Word. Unfortunately, we’re not always as consistent with reading and studying the Scriptures like we ought to be. Even still, though, the only thing worse than not reading your Bible is to read it wrongly. Many today have been so deluded by the “best life now” messages that they’ve come to God’s Word with no motivation other than how they can “get better.” This debilitation method of Bible reading has infected the Church and has caused a myriad of Christians to misunderstand the entire purpose of the Word altogether.
In the midst of this confusion, however, Chad Bird speaks and writes. As an accomplished theologian, Chad aims to pierce through this deluded mindset and stir those who’ve been hoodwinked by the “do more, try harder” faith back to the gospel of grace. He is committed to honest Christianity that addresses the raw realities of life. He’s also an earnest writer devoted to distinguishing God’s law and God’s gospel, and expounding upon the countless ways this distinction influences the entire life of the Christian.
In this episode of Ministry Minded, author and speaker Chad Bird joins the show to talk about his ministry writing and speaking on God’s radical gospel of grace. Chad and I dive into the deep waters of the theology of the cross and the distinction between God’s law and God’s gospel. We talk about reading the Bible rightly, with an “Emmaus perspective,” and keeping Christ at the center. We speak to the theology of the cross and discuss the critical nature of reading the Bible Christologically. Chad also speaks to his journey from his Southern Baptist roots to the Lutheran faith. I believe you’ll be greatly enriched by this insightful conversation.
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Chad is an accomplished author and speaker devoted to honest Christianity that addresses the raw realities of life. He currently lives in New Braunfels, Texas with his wife, Stacy. Chad is an earnest writer devoted to distinguishing God’s law and God’s gospel, and expounding upon the myriad of ways that distinction influences the entire life of the Christian. Along with dabbling in hymnody and poetry, Chad hosts a podcast, “40 Minutes in the Old Testament,” and contributes articles for both Christ Hold Fast and 1517 Legacy. You can also read his own blog at ChadBird.com. Chad’s latest book, Night Driving: Notes from a Prodigal Soul, is due to release this fall but you can preorder right now. Be sure to do that, and be sure to connect with him on Twitter, @birdchadlouis.
Night Driving: Notes from a Prodigal Soul, Chad Bird
Christ Alone, Chad Bird
The Infant Priest, Chad Bird
Against Heresies, Irenaeus
Commentary on Galatians, Martin Luther
Commentary on Genesis, Martin Luther
Grace In Practice, Paul Zahl
The Bible Jesus Read, Philip Yancey
Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church, Michael Horton
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, Tim Keller
Grace: So Much More Than You Know & So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
Intro music: “West Coast” by Ryan Little, licensed under CC BY 4.0.
Photo via Ben White / Unsplash