Thursday, July 26, 2007

Guest Bloggers Next Week

Need a tip on how to improve your blog? Take my example: find four guys wiser, smarter, and more humble than you to take your place for a while! (There's always the downside, of course, that readers get spoiled and not want you back!)

On Friday afternoon our family takes off for a weeklong vacation (undisclosed location!). I've asked four friends if they'd keep the blog up and running while I'm away. I'm thankful each of them said yes!

Here are brief bios for each of them:

Joshua Harris has been the senior pastor of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland since 2004. In 1997, he relocated from Oregon to Gaithersburg to serve as a pastoral intern under--and to live in the same house with--C.J. Mahaney, then the senior pastor of Covenant Life. That same year Josh's book I Kissed Dating Goodbye was released. He has since written three other books: Boy Meets Girl; Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is); and Stop Dating the Church. Josh is also the founder of the New Attitude Conference.

At Covenant Life Josh met his wife Shannon, whom he married in 1998. They have three children.

Josh’s webpage (which includes a blog) is here. You can also listen to his sermons online.

Tullian Tchividjian is the pastor of New City Presbyterian Church in Margate, FL, which he planted in 2003. Even though Tullian grew up in a loving Christian home, he ran from the Lord for many years until 1993, when God graciously and radically rescued him.

After graduating with honors from Columbia International University in Columbia, SC, with a degree in Bible and Philosophy, his interest in theology led him to Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando), where he received an M.Div. degree in 2001.

Tullian is the author of The Kingdom of God: A Primer on the Christian Life and Do I Know God? Finding Certainty in Life's Most Important Relationship (due out at the end of August). He has also contributed to a number of book, including Prodigals and Those that Love Them, by his grandmother Ruth Bell Graham.

Tullian and his wife Kim have three children.

You can listen to Tullian’s sermons here.

Collin Hansen is currently the associate editor of Christianity Today—until next week when he enters the M.Div. program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with a view toward entering pastoral ministry. A graduate of Northwestern University, Collin majored in journalism and European history.

Collin has written for Books & Culture, Leadership, and Christian History & Biography, and contributed to The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham (Zondervan, 2005).

His book on the resurgence of Reformed theology among young evangelicals will be published by Crossway in 2008. His much-discussed CT article on the Young, Restless, and Reformed was published in September 2006. He is also writing a forthcoming profile for CT on Mark Driscoll.

He and his wife, Lauren, attend College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. Collin contributes to the CT Liveblog.

Greg Gilbert is the director of theological research for the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Having graduated B.A. from Yale in 1999 and M.Div from SBTS in 2006, he intends to complete a PhD and then pastor.

Greg is an elder at Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and a contributor to Nine Marks Ministries' "Church Matters" blog. He has contributed a chapter to a forthcoming collection of essays evaluating postconservative evangelicalism.

He and his wife Moriah have two sons, Justin [no, not me!] and Jack.