The Gospel Coalition

A number of people have asked me when my book on holiness comes out. I'm happy to let you know that it comes out at the end of this month.

Justin Taylor has written a nice post about the book and includes the following interview he conducted with me. Two things you should know about this interview: 1) These video shots are not made for two tall people--our knees were a bit too close for comfort. 2) The interview took three times as along to record as it should have because Justin couldn't stop laughing for some reason.

The Hole in Our Holiness from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.

Here is a peek at the Table of Contents:

1. Mind the Gap
2. The Reason for Redemption
3. Piety's Pattern
4. The Impetus for the Imperatives
5. The Pleasures of God and the Possibility of Holiness
6. Spirit-powered, Gospel-driven, Faith-fueled Effort
7. Be Who You Are
8. Saints and Sexual Immorality
9. Abide and Obey
10. That All May See Your Progress


Ken Temple

August 8, 2012 at 10:52 AM

I appreciate your emphasis in exposing some of the problems of the "Deeper Life" Keswick teaching.

Are you familiar with Bill Gilham, and Charles Solomon and "the Exchanged Life" - "the Christian no longer has a sinful nature" - passivity heresy ? This is mostly around in Baptist and Dispensational and independent Evangelical churches. (They take Romans 6:6 and Galatians 2:20 and say the Christian no longer has a sinful nature)

1. What do you think of "Justification and Regeneration" by Charles Leiter ?

I see it promoted, and I am considering buying it; but I am concerned when I read that the author says that Romans 7:14-25 is about an unbeliever. And some of the comments at the review are amazing to me; it is amazing to me, that they think it is about an unbeliever only. What is your view of Romans 7:14-25 ?

2. What do you think of Jerry Bridges book, "The Pursuit of Holiness" (Nav Press) ? You both seem to have the same emphasis, though I have not read your book, only just watched this video and seen some of your other articles here. How is your book different?

3. What do you think of J. I. Packer's book, "Keep in Step with the Spirit" ? - he addresses a lot of the problems with the Keswick view also.

Ken Temple


August 4, 2012 at 06:12 PM

Would love to have seen a little laughter, or even a smile. For surely personal holiness results in abiding joy?

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Kevin DeYoung

August 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Thanks Annita, your write! (That was spelling humor right there.)

Nicole from MA

August 2, 2012 at 10:17 PM

I can't wait to read this one.

Randy in Tulsa

August 2, 2012 at 09:27 AM

What a great interview. Three keys that I heard. There are multiple motivations for holiness in scripture - including, but not only gratitude. The true foundation for our holiness - our union with Christ, which is why we must "be who we are" in him. How does God work holiness in us - by the ordinary means of grace. We say we've heard about these all our lives. The question is how diligently are we pursuing them? How expectant are we when we come to the word daily (are we in the word daily), when we pray, when we participate in the Lord's supper? God be praised.


August 2, 2012 at 06:20 AM

Kevin, you have the wrong "peek" ("peak")

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