What inspired you to write Gospel Smugness?
Gospel Smugness began as a blog post that was entitled, “The Gospel is Offensive, but You Shouldn’t Be” that was shared by Tim Challies. It was a post I wrote in a day and almost didn’t publish. However, since it received a lot of traction, I felt the Lord was calling me, so to speak, to write a book on it.
With that said, more to the point of the content of the book, what inspired to write it was what I see on social media and simply in Christian circles. We do the work of evangelism but many times do so with our pride getting in the way.
For whom did your write this book?
Gospel Smugness was written for three types of Christians: (1) the Christian who knows theology and truly loves the Lord, but time and time again can’t seem to properly display the love of Jesus in gospel conversations; (2) the Christian who has evangelized a couple times but fears reactions and what people will say; and (3) the new Christian, to show him or her that the Great Commission is not optional and that Jesus will always be there.
Where did you come up with the title?
I was thinking one day about titles and knew I wanted to correlate the gospel with an adjective that Christians sometimes have that damages their witness, and I came up with smugness. It was originally going to be entitled The Gospel Doesn’t Need Your Smugness, but I thought that was too long so I landed on Gospel Smugness.
Why is this an important topic right now?
There is a huge problem within the Christian church today. Countless Christians—who are born again—consistently behave in a type of way in their witness that does damage to the gospel. Whether Christians are condescending, holier-than-thou, abrasive, rude, arrogant—whatever word you want to use, we have a problem with making the gospel harder to believe due to our actions. My hope and prayer is that this book reorients our minds around who we need to witness like: Jesus.