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Talking Tough Topics

Written by Collin Hansen on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Article by: Collin Hansen

I’ve never seen Scott Sauls back down from a difficult topic. And I’ve never seen him miss an opportunity to make much of God’s grace abounding in Jesus. In our age of judgment, isolation, and fear, Sauls shows us what a friend we have in Jesus. An we could all use more friendship in this divided, contentious era.

I don’t think there’s a controversial topic Sauls fails to address in his new book, Befriend: Create Belonging in an Age of Judgment, Isolation, and Fear. He writes about abortion, refugees, politics, racism, poverty, wealth, homosexuality, shame, and more. Sauls is the senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and author of Jesus Outside the Lines, my runner-up for best book by a first-time author in The Gospel Coalition 2015 Editor’s Picks.

He joins me on this podcast episode to discuss angry emails, challenging friends, tough topics, the spirituality of the church, and more.  

You can listen to this episode of The Gospel Coalition podcast here.

Collin Hansen serves as editorial director for The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church, Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey With the New Calvinists, and co-author with John Woodbridge of A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir. He earned an MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and an undergraduate degree in journalism and history from Northwestern University. He previously worked as an associate editor for Christianity Today magazine, co-edited Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism, and co-edits the Cultural Renewal series with Tim Keller. He and his wife belong to Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and he serves on the advisory board of Beeson Divinity School. You can follow him on Twitter.

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