Jonathan K. Dodson

Author | Christ is All | Pastor

2 Pieces of Digital Art

November 22, 2014

I’d like to share some great artwork done by some men in our church. 1) This video was done by Josef Solc who works for Moving Works (they did our Raised? video for raisedbook.com.) 2) The design at the end was created by Jeremiah Chaney who works for DSN x FMG.     *I’ll be sharing some video work by Brian Simpson soon, who co-founded DSN x FMG and does great work you can see here

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Hope for Those On the Brink

November 12, 2014

As I read On the Brink: Grace for Burned Out Pastors I felt Clay’s understanding arm wrapped around my shoulder, his words carrying heartfelt empathy, something that can be hard for pastors to find. As I collapsed on my bed in the mountains, I read and silently wept. My Heavenly Father was tenderly pulling the pain out. I’ve peered over the fence of burnout a couple times. The first time was due to a mix of traveling too much, demands of ministry, and not enough intimacy with

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2 Books to Feast On

November 7, 2014

A MOVEABLE FEAST (Ernest Hemingway) Some say Hemingway did more to influence American writing in the 20th century than any other writer. His style is blunt but descriptive, not excessive like contemporary novelists Margaret Atwood or David Foster Wallace (both of whom I enjoy). It’s remarkable how much he can accomplish is so little space. A Moveable Feast gets its title from a letter Hemingway wrote to a friend: If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as s young

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Defining Burnout (& Coming Back)

November 6, 2014

I recently shared a few thoughts on how to avoid burnout and promised to follow up by sharing some insights from Clay Werner’s very good book On the Brink: Grace for Burned-out Pastors. Before I do that, just a word on burnout as we move toward coming back. What is Burnout? The word “burnout” is often overused to justify not serving in the local church, while a person runs full throttle pursuing hobbies and extra work. A church member might say, “I just

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