Jonathan K. Dodson

Author | Christ is All | Pastor

Raising Kids in a Prosperous City

May 24, 2012

Raising kids can be challenging, especially in a prosperous culture where idols beckon their devotion left and right. The Word, however, points them and parents to a different devotion, to love the Lord God with everything. It even tells us how to do this: “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children” (6-­‐7). The word “dilligent” means sharpen or engrave, like sharpening a sword or engraving a


Would You Help Me Title a New Book?

May 23, 2012

I am finishing up a new eBook on the topic of sharing the gospel. The goal of the book is to help people understand how they should and should not share their faith with others. All too often, Christians share their faith in ways that are off putting to people, making them feel inferior, un-spiritual, or like a pet project. Other Christians don’t share their faith for some of the very same reasons–they don’t want to be preachy, intolerant, or


Books I’m Reading

May 22, 2012

Here are a few of the books I am currently reading: Imagine: How Creativity Works – a fascinating study on creativity that blends sociology, neuroscience, and psychology to show how human creativity flourishes in a variety of contexts–the arts, business, urban development, and more. I’ve already used some of these insights to encourage and direct our staff. The Power of Habit – another interdisciplinary study, but instead of creativity NY Times journalist Chrles Duhigg takes up habits and how we


Missional Preaching: A Review

May 21, 2012

Al Tizon (Ph.D) is associate professor of holistic ministry at Palmer Theological Seminary and author of Missional Preaching. Heis also the director of Word & Deed Network of the Evangelicals for Social Action. Preaching as Mission Missional Preaching is broken into two parts: Essentials of Missional Preaching (theology) and The Goals of Missional Preaching (practice). The first part is nicely done. Tizon provides a concise theology of missional church addressing the missio Dei, a biblical theology of mission, which culminates