The Gospel and the Modern World: A Theological Vision for the Church

By D. A. Carson, Edited by Brian J. Tabb

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Thirty-Three Collected Essays from D. A. Carson

Biblical scholar D. A. Carson has contributed a tremendous amount to the field of evangelical thought, serving as cofounder of the Gospel Coalition, editor of the theological journal Themelios, and, beginning in 2022, as president of the Evangelical Theological Society. Reflecting on his esteemed career, Carson’s colleagues have gathered some of his best work in this warm, enriching collection.

The Gospel and the Modern World features 33 of Carson’s essays from Themelios on a wide range of topics, including his vision for the evangelical church, the authoritative word of God, Christ and culture, and Christian discipleship. It also includes articles from editor Brian J. Tabb, Andrew David Naselli, and Collin Hansen. Celebrating an illustrious, Christ-exalting career, this collection imparts years of experience and Christian scholarship to a new generation of readers.

  • A Celebration of the Work of D. A. Carson: Marks Carson’s 2022 presidency of the Evangelical Theological Society and the 50th anniversary of Themelios
  • Informative: A valuable resource for pastors, seminary students, missionaries, and thoughtful Christians
  • Theologically Robust Articles: Includes 33 essays previously published in Themelios, the journal that Carson led as general editor from 2008 to 2018
  • Copublished by Crossway (US) and IVP Apollos (UK and International)


D. A. Carson

D. A. Carson (PhD, Cambridge University) is Emeritus Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is a cofounder and theologian-at-large of the Gospel Coalition and has written and edited nearly two hundred books. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.


Brian J. Tabb

Brian J. Tabb (PhD, London School of Theology) is academic dean and professor of biblical studies at Bethlehem College and Seminary. He is general editor of Themelios, co-editor of Five Views of Christ in the Old Testament, and author of After Emmaus and other books. Brian lives with his wife, Kristin, and their four children in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Product Details

Format: Paperback
Page Count: 352
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 12.0 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-9094-8
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-9094-8
ISBN-UPC: 9781433590948
Published: October 10, 2023

Table of Contents

Introduction (Tabb)

Part 1: Theological Formation and Vision for the Church
Chapter 1: Carson’s Formation and Theological Method (Naselli)
Chapter 2: Prophetic from the Center: Carson’s Vision for TGC (Hansen)
Chapter 3: Should Pastors Today Still Care about the Reformation? (2017)
Chapter 4: Why the Local Church Is More Important than TGC, White Horse Inn, 9Marks, and Maybe Even ETS (2015)

Part 2: Reflections on the Gospel
Chapter 5: The Gospel and Its Effects (2009)
Chapter 6: The Hole in the Gospel (2013)
Chapter 7: What Are Gospel Issues? (2014)

Part 3: Reflections on the Bible and Biblical Theology
Chapter 8: When Did the Church Begin? (2016)
Chapter 9: The Beauty of Biblical Balance (2012)
Chapter 10: Subtle Ways to Abandon the Authority of Scripture in Our Lives (2017)
Chapter 11: “But That’s Just Your Interpretation” (2019)
Chapter 12: Kingdom, Ethics, and Individual Salvation (2013)
Chapter 13: A Biblical Theology of Education (2021)
Chapter 14: The Changing Face of Words (2018)
Chapter 15: One of the Saddest Texts in the OT (2022)

Part 4: Reflections on Christ and Culture
Chapter 16: Do Not Be Conformed to the World (2008)
Chapter 17: Words and Deeds (2008)
Chapter 18: Contrarian Reflections on Individualism (2010)
Chapter 19: The Postmodernism That Refuses to Die (2018)
Chapter 20: More Examples of Intolerant Tolerance (2012)
Chapter 21: As If Not: Reflections on 1 Corinthians 7 (2013)
Chapter 22: Polemical Theology (2009)
Chapter 23: Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me: Reflections on Missions Today (2012)

Part 5: Reflections on Church Leadership
Chapter 24: Some Reflections on Pastoral Leadership (2015)
Chapter 25: Generational Conflict in Ministry (2011)
Chapter 26: Seekest Thou Great Things for Thyself? (2016)
Chapter 27: The Underbelly of Revival? Five Reflections on Various Failures in the Young, Restless, and Reformed Movement (2014)
Chapter 28: When Revival Comes (2018)
Chapter 29: On Knowing When to Resign (2017)
Chapter 30: Motivations to Appeal to in Our Hearers When We Preach for Conversion (2010)

Part 6: Reflections on Christian Discipleship
Chapter 31: On Abusing Matthew 18 (2011)
Chapter 32: On Disputable Matters (2014)
Chapter 33: Perfectionisms (2010)
Chapter 34: I’m So Grateful That I’m among the Elect (2020)
Chapter 35: Spiritual Disciplines (2011)
Chapter 36: Do the Work of an Evangelist (2014)