Jeff Medders serves as the Director of Assessment for Acts 29, and he also hosts The Acts 29 Podcast. Jeff is a writer, a preacher, and unashamed coffee snob. You can follow his writing and monthly newsletter at


  • B.A.,Biblical Studies and Biblical Counseling | The College of Biblical Studies, Houston, TX
  • M.A., Church Ministries | The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
  • Ph.D., Biblical Spirituality (in progress) | The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY



Humble Calvinism

For too long, Calvinism has been linked to arrogance, pride, and being a jerk. Why is that? Shouldn’t the doctrines of grace should make us gracious people? In this book, I show how the teachings of Calvinism should make us more like Jesus, humble and gentle. The most important five-letter word in Calvinism isn’t TULIP—it’s Jesus.

I hope Jeff’s book will be used by God to renew a spirit of gentleness and humility among us, and will encourage those who have rejected these beautiful beliefs to consider them anew.

Matt Chandler | Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Dallas; President, Acts 29

Maybe in another generation the term “humble Calvinism” won’t seem like such an oxymoron. If so, this encouraging and challenging book will have been used by God to help us live up to what we believe.

Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition; author, Young, Restless, and Reformed and Blind Spots

Gospel Formed

The gospel shapes our idenity, worship, community, and mission. This is a gospel-centered exploration of the Scriptures and how the gospel shapes the everyday every day.

I’m tired of people talking about the gospel as if it were a syllogism on a whiteboard. The gospel ought to give us a dry mouth and hands trembling with joyful exuberance. If the gospel has become something routine to you, not the kind of good news that lights up a Galilean sky with angels, read this book with expectation. J. A. Medders is a pastor, a leader, and, most importantly, a cross-bearing student of a rabbi king who isn’t dead anymore. His enthusiasm can shake you out of routine and toward glory.

Russell D. Moore, President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention