Performance Identity – The Folly of Striving to Earn God’s Favor

Coming later this Year

Author: Ashley Null
Imprint: Church Media (2020)
Format: digital media


Internationally respected scholar of the grace and gratitude theology of the English Reformation, threetime Olympic chaplain, most recently at London 2012, and with a chaplaincy to elite athletes today, the Rev. Canon Dr. John Ashley Null asks you a profound question. Is your “personhood” a project or is it gift? Is your personal identity dependent on your continuing good performance? Or, instead, are you settled in as God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which he prepared beforehand, that you should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).

Much of what Dr. Null teaches in this delightful audio book (he is a captivating storyteller) is based on spiritual guidance he imparts to elite athletes and coaches in helping them to integrate the Reformation’s emphasis on the unconditional love and grace of God with their own vocations as professional sports people.

Holding research degrees from Yale and the University of Cambridge, Ashley Null has received numerous awards for his work, including Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities and Guggenheim fellowships, as well as being elected fellows of the Royal Historical Society and the Society of Antiquaries in London. He currently holds a research post funded by the German Research Council at Humboldt University of Berlin, and is a visiting fellow at the Divinity Faculty of Cambridge University and St. John’s College, Durham University. His current project is editing the private theological notebooks of Thomas Cranmer, the author of the independent Church of England’s founding formularies. This is a five-volume project for Oxford University Press. Dr. Null travels widely and teaches regularly in seminaries and churches in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Australia.