Profiles: Jared C. Wilson

Our last profile in our series of active Christian writers is Jared C. Wilson. Jared C. Wilson is one of the most genuine voices in Christian writing today. He was a pastor for many years but has recently transitioned to being the Director of Content Strategy at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Missouri. He is also the Managing Editor at For the Church, a ministry of Midwestern dedicated to producing Gospel driven resources. He also blogs regularly over at The Gospel Coalition

I appreciate Jared Wilson’s ministry in many ways, but perhaps the most encouraging aspect of his ministry is his honesty. He’s made some mistakes in his ministry. He doesn’t claim to have all the answers and even calls himself a failed church planter. This is very encouraging to see how God can use our failures and mistakes to encourage others to persevere in their faith and ministry.  Also if you’re a Twitter fan, you have to follow Jared on Twitter. He’s hilarious, especially during the NFL season. Oh yeah, he’s also a great preacher. 

Here are some books by Jared C. Wilson to Check out:

Gospel Wakefullness

This is Wilson’s greatest work so far because it sets the stage for all of his writing. Jared Wilson is a man who loves the Gospel and in this book he shows how it transforms one’s heart. The Gospel isn’t done with a person once it’s initially believed, rather the Gospel is what we need everyday. If you’ve ever heard the term “Gospel-centered” and wondered what it meant this book has your answer.

Gospel Deeps: Reveling in the Excellencies of Jesus

Wilson continues his theme of treasuring the Gospel by focusing on the riches that we can obtain in the Gospel. While many others would be tempted to focus on the individual, Wilson focuses on the Gospel and shows how the individual can find satisfaction and value in that Gospel. 

The Prodigal Church: A Gentle Manifesto against the Status Quo

A lot of people have written their critiques of the church. Many of these have been written with hurt and anger, which resulted in harsh and unloving commentary on the church’s actions. Wilson is able to balance love and truth as he looks at the state of the church today and speaks to the issues the church needs to hear. 

Unparalleled: How Christianity's Uniqueness Makes It Compelling

My most recent read of Wilson’s was one that was simple and encouraging. Wilson writes in Unparalleled on the nature of Christianity. Some of this book is apologetics and some of it is sermon illustrations, but all of it is encouraging. If you’ve ever contemplated how Christianity stands up to Islam or some other religion this is an easy read that could help. 

Imperfect Disciple, The: Grace for People Who Can't Get Their Act Together

I have not read this book yet as it recently came out, but I will be purchasing it immediately based on all the great things I’ve heard about it.  I don't usually recommend books I have not read, but Wilson has earned my trust over the years.

**Like when reading any theologians and pastors, a careful eye and critical mind should be used in reading Wilson's writing.**

- Dean




Dean Lentini