#43: On the gospel and the impossibility of life with Nick Lannon.

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In this episode of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I’m thrilled to be joined once again by Nick Lannon to take a deep-dive in his newly published book, Life Is Impossible, and how that’s actually really good news. In this concise collect of essays on life and theology, Nick has identified the key predicament with which one day we all must be confronted: that is, we are not the heroes. We aren’t the saviors. That this concept of salvation isn’t just a difficulty we can overcome through shear force of will, it’s actually a categorical impossibility that requires divine intervention. Such is the good news of grace, that where we’re confronted with the impossible, Jesus says, “It is finished.”


Life Is Impossible: And That’s Good News, Nick Lannon

It Is Finished: 365 Days of Good News, Tullian Tchividjian and Nick Lannon

God’s Two Words: Law and Gospel in Lutheran and Reformed Traditions, Jono Linebaugh

Grace in Practice: A Theology of Everyday Life, Paul Zahl

Pithy Preachers Proclaiming Perplexing Epigrams: On Preaching, the Pulpit, & Thomas Guthrie’s Christ and the Inheritance of the Saints,” Brad J. Gray

Grace for Grace: Letters of Rev. William James, William James

God’s Way of Peace: A Book for the Anxious, Horatius Bonar

Not Weak on Sanctification: Christians Grow in Reverse,” Nick Lannon

No Outside Help Required,” Nick Lannon

Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray


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Nick currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife and three children. There, he serves as the Vicar of Grace Anglican Church. His ministry background includes pastoring various congregations in New Jersey and Kentucky, along with consistent contributions for the online publication, Mockingbird, as well as his own blog, NickLannon.com. Nick is an accomplished preacher and excellent writer. He’s uniquely fascinated by the intersection of the gospel and everyday life. You can keep up with him on Twitter, @nicklannon.


Intro music: “West Coast” by Ryan Little, licensed under CC BY 4.0.