Gospel Smugness with Blake Long


Is there a way to share an offensive message to an offended culture while not being gratuitously offensive?

Blake Long wants to help us learn how to engage with boldness and gentleness, bluntness and compassion.

Blake Long is an author and blogger at theology-and-life.com. He is married to his wife, Shale, and they have two little girls and a rowdy dog. He received his MTS in Preaching and Pastoral Ministry from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Key Ideas

  • It’s easy to fall into pride in our evangelism.
  • Following the example of Jesus helps us avoid pride in our evangelism.
  • We need to learn when to be direct and blunt, and when to be soft-spoken and gentle.
  • Even when we are kind and gentle, the gospel may still offend.
  • We need to express genuine love for people in our evangelism.
  • Behaving in an unChristian manner on social media harms our witness.
  • God’s love for us is not based on our performance or how we’re feeling.


“Evangelism is not a one size fits all encounter.”

On social media: “I think it comes down to understanding that we’re still talking to souls. We’re not talking to a screen.”

“The people I follow on social media are the people I find encouraging, edifying, and sometimes they challenge me.”

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Gospel Smugness with Blake Long
Darryl Dash

Darryl Dash

I'm a grateful husband, father, oupa, and pastor of Grace Fellowship Church Don Mills. I love learning, writing, and encouraging. I'm on a lifelong quest to become a humble, gracious old man.
Toronto, Canada