Posted tagged ‘Bob Thune’

Lead 10 Audio

November 9, 2010

Lead 10 is a conference recently held in Auburn, Maine hosted by my friend Josh Cousineau.  This is the second year, and the main speakers were Bob Thune (author of The Gospel Centered Life) and Bill Streger. Jared Wilson also shared about gospel wakefulness in breakout sessions.  What I love about this conference is that it is situated in the least likely place (Maine) with the most needed subject matter (the gospel).

So if you’re like me and were not able to go, I encourage you to download the 13 MP3’s below.  It is definitely worth a listen.  Check them out.

What Is the Gospel? | Q&A by Bob Thune
Gospel Hype | Q&A by Bill Streger
The Gospel and the Ordinary | Q&A by Bill Streger
The Centrality of the Gospel by Bob Thune
What Is Gospel Wakefulness? by Jared Wilson
Preaching for Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson
A Plea for Church Planting | Q&A by Bob Thune
The Subversiveness of the Gospel | Q&A by Bill Streger

Missional Church Planting – Working Toward a Definition

May 18, 2010

Bob Thune of Coram Deo in Omaha has recently put out a working definition of missional church planting. His definition?

Church Planting is planting the seed of the gospel in the soil of a culture and trusting the sovereignty of God to bring forth a thriving church.

The four elements Thune wanted to capture in this definition were (1) gospel proclamation and demonstration (planting seed), (2) contextualization (understanding the soil), (3) prayerful dependence (resting in God’s sovereignty), and (4) gospel renewal (goal is a thriving church).  He adds this definition “is organic; it sees a visible church as the end rather than the beginning (people living as missionaries in their culture is the beginning); it involves both hard work and patient, prayerful dependence on God.”

I’m intrigued by this definition, and from an initial reflection, I dig it.  As I reflect on this more, I was wondering what you thought about Thune’s definition.  Agree or disagree?  Does it say enough? Too much?

Gospel Transformation Series via Bob Thune

August 30, 2009

Bob Thune, lead pastor of Coram Deo Church in Omaha, NE, spoke at a college retreat a few years back on the subject of gospel transformation.  In the five messages, Bob shows “why the gospel is not just the means of entry into God’s kingdom, but also the key to ongoing spiritual transformation.”  I encourage you to download the MP3’s and consider how the gospel impacts everything in our lives.

The Problem of the Gospel
The Power of the Gospel
The Purpose of the Gospel
The Practice of the Gospel
The Freedom of the Gospel

For more great preaching on the gospel, check out David Platt’s sermons as well.

The DNA of a Gospel-Centered Church

August 28, 2009

Bob Thune, lead pastor of Coram Deo Church in Omaha, Nebraska has put together a very helpful explanation of what it means to be a gospel-centered church.  He argues:

Churches often obscure the glory of the gospel by reducing it to something less than it is. Some understand the gospel only as doctrinal content to be believed. Others diminish it to a personal, subjective experience of God’s presence. Still others see it as a social cause to be championed. The gospel is none of these, and yet it is all of these. A truly gospel-centered church understands and embraces the fullness of the gospel as content, community, and cause.

Below is Thune’s explanation of the DNA of a gospel-centered church.


The Gospel is a message that is to be preached or proclaimed (Mark 1:14; Acts 14:21; Rom 1:15; 1 Peter 1:12). It is the story of God’s redemption of his fallen creation. It is the good news that God has acted in history to conquer evil and reconcile sinners to himself through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus (1 Cor 15:1-12). A gospel-centered church is one where the gospel is proclaimed clearly, consistently, and compellingly (1 Cor 9:16-23).


The gospel is not just a message to be believed, but a power to be experienced (Rom 1:16). The gospel shapes a new community as those who were formerly God’s enemies are reconciled to Him (Rom 5:10) and adopted into his family (Gal 4:4-7). The church is not a place, but a people – a community that is continually being reformed and renewed by the transforming power of the gospel (Col. 1:6).


The gospel is a call to action – a declaration that “the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15). God is not just interested in the salvation of humans, but in the restoration of all of creation to its original “good” (Gen 1:31; Rom 8:19-22). A gospel-centered church will be active in the work of mercy, justice, and cultural renewal, praying and working against the effects of sin so that God’s will might be done “on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10).

HT: Jared Wilson & Tullian Tchividjian

The Gospel-Centered Life by Thune & Walker

July 15, 2009

“Gospel-centered” is something I whole-hearted believe in yet realize has become all the rave in recent years.  I recently mentioned that Jonathan Dodson is coming out with a pamphlet called Fight Club: Gospel-Centered Discipleship, and today I want to direct your attention to a study authored by Bob Thune and Will Walker called The Gospel Centered Life.  This is a nine-lesson study intended to shape “gospel DNA” in the church “in a way that is accessible to both Christians and non-Christians.”  These nine lessons are developed around three themes:

1.  “What is the Gospel?”
2.  “What does the Gospel do in us?” and
3.  “How does the Gospel work through us?”

The authors add that the study is “intended to help Christians understand how the gospel shapes every aspect of life and conduct.”  The study’s advantage is its flexibility, ideal for such groups as:

  • Pastors and leaders who want to spur gospel renewal in their churches and ministries
  • Church planters who want to form gospel DNA in the churches they start
  • Students and campus ministers who are looking to live out the gospel on campus
  • Christians who want to be more deeply formed around the gospel
  • Small group leaders who are looking for content that “works” with diverse groups of people
  • Missionaries who are looking for simple material to disciple new Christians

The format of the study includes Bible conversation, article (the teaching content of lesson), group discussion, exercises (practical application), and wrap up.  Here are the nine lessons from the Table of Contents:

  1. The Gospel Grid
  2. Pretending and Performing
  3. Believing the Gospel
  4. Law and Gospel
  5. Repentance
  6. Heart Idolatry
  7. Mission
  8. Forgiveness
  9. Conflict

World Harvest Mission is currently making a review copy of the Leader’s Guide available for free (PDF version) when you sign up for their newsletter.  The offer expires July 31, 2009.  I encourage you to check it out.