Jonathan K. Dodson

Author | Christ is All | Pastor

Reading as Resistance

July 21, 2015

I couldn’t have done it without him. A lot was going on at the time, difficulty in work, rumors circulating, and personal trial, but he helped me through it. Under his influence, I slowed down in a demanding season. One particular afternoon is dyed into my memory. I drove to my local coffeeshop and got the usual, cappuccino. The expresso is rich and smooth. Some coffeeshops use too much milk and water down the espresso but not here. It takes time to make

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Is it Inauthentic to Read the Bible & Pray When We Don’t Feel Like It?

June 23, 2015

Is reading the Bible or praying when you don’t feel like it kind of fake? Shouldn’t we wait till we have true feelings to be close to God? Shouldn’t it be authentic? Values Trump Feelings Consider what would happen if we applied the same logic to everything else in life. If I only stayed true to my wife when I felt like it, I would have blown our marriage by now. In fact, we often do things we don’t feel like doing: going to work, disciplining

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Does the How of Evangelism Really Matter?

April 28, 2015

Think about the last time you tried to share the gospel. What was going through your head? Were you angling to find an opening to mention Jesus? Or perhaps you were more intentional, looking for an opportunity to lay out a “gospel presentation” over lunch or coffee? This kind of evangelism focuses on what we have to say, not on what others are saying. This can make our evangelism unbelievable.  All too often we look to download gospel information instead

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Books on Character (& Virtue Collapse)

April 27, 2015

In working through Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, I’m trying to better understand our present moral collapse. Virtues have turned into values, and sins have morphed into mistakes. The new center for morality is the individual, not God, which is quite scary. Christians aren’t the only ones with a “sermon on mount.” Here are a few books that have been helpful. Let me know if you have any suggestions. The Road to Character, David Brooks Is Shame Necessary? New Uses for an

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