While I didn’t read as much as I would have liked this summer (lots of family time, travel, movies & writing), I definitely found some gems. Here are four favorites: Favorite Fiction: The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah This book is great for page-turning leisure and characters you care about. After reading Hannah’s New York Times best-selling Nightingale, I thought I would try another one of her novels. I finished this 400-page novel in four days. The story follows a family’s move to
The Pastors Conference is excellent all the way around. I was refreshed, inspired, and challenged. Kevin DeYoung’s message on Preaching was filled with wisdom for preachers old and new. I had the opportunity to speak on the Holy Spirit and covered three areas: the Personal Spirit, Powerful Spirit, and Creation-Perfecting Spirit. Most of this content will be available in my forthcoming book, Here in Spirit: Knowing the Spirit who Creates, Sustains, and Transforms Everything.
This summer I had the privilege of serving pastors in Ireland. The theme of the conference was The Mission of God. Dr. Tim Ward also gave two helpful lectures on preaching and application, with some interesting reflections on generating application that is, and is not, warranted from a text in redemptive-historical preaching. Here is the audio: Session One – Jonathan Dodson “Surviving God’s Mission in the City, Genesis 18:22 – 19:38″ Session Two – Jonathan Dodson “Evangelism in a Secular Culture”
CONFESSION Lord God, We praise you for sending your light and love—Jesus the Messiah—into this world. We confess that we often live like the light did not defeat the darkness. We confess that we often live as though Jesus is not returning in glorious light. We sometimes confine Christ to parts of our lives and our faith becomes small. We do not joyfully serve and expectantly worship. Forgive us for ignoring Jesus’ light. Prepare us for His return. Help us