Jonathan K. Dodson

Author | Christ is All | Pastor

My Best Books of the Summer (2015)

August 22, 2015

Here are some of my best books from the summer: MOST ENTERTAINING FICTION Ready Player One, Ernest Cline BEST LITERATURE Notre-Dame de Paris, Victor Hugo BEST SHORT STORIES Men Without Women, Ernest Hemingway MOST UNUSUAL SCI-FI A tie between: Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess & Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel MOST PROFOUND Faith Beyond Reason: A Kierkegaardian Account, C. Stephen Evans & Philosophical Fragments, Soren Kierkegaard BEST CHARACTER FORMATION The Road to Character, David Brooks MOST SPIRITUALLY FORMATIVE Sermons on the Mount,

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Why Christianity is Harder & Easier

February 3, 2015

Christ says ‘Give me All. I don’t want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want You. I have not come to torment your natural self, but to kill it. No half-measures are any good. I don’t want to cut off a branch here and a branch there, I want to have the whole tree down. I don’t want to drill the tooth, or crown it, or stop it, but to have

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10 Stirring Quotes on the Church

December 27, 2014

I’m reading through Kevin Vanhoozer’s Faith Speaking Understanding: Performing the Drama of Doctrine, and there’s a tweet on every page. So, instead of loading up people’s twitter feeds, I thought it would be more merciful to list out some quotes here. A brief set up. Vanhoozer is helping us see how doctrine must be done, which is good for the ivory tower preachers, theologians, & bookish types. When Jesus said  to “observe all I have commanded,” he was saying more than “take

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Learning Burnout Before its Too Late

November 2, 2014

Remarks about “celebrity pastors” are everywhere (mind you it takes “celebrants” to reach such status). Unfortunately, some of these pastors have followed a tragic, Aristotelian arc–starting in a good place, gaining influence, and then falling. Before joining the scoffers, we do well to heed the wisdom of Solomon, “I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I saw and considered

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