Jonathan K. Dodson

Author | Christ is All | Pastor

3 Gems for Elder/Pastors

October 5, 2013

Whether you are flourishing or struggling as an elder or pastor in your church, you need a dose of these vitamins from Jared Wilson’s The Pastors Justification. And even if you aren’t a pastor, these quotes carry wisdom for everyday Christian character. If you are a loudmouth boaster, your church will gradually become known for boasting. If you are a graceless idiot, your church will eventually become known for graceless idiocy. The leadership will set the tone of the church’s


Reading the Whole Bible with Jesus

October 4, 2013

Reading the Bible can be confusing, intimidating, and difficult. But it doesn’t have to be. I remember the first time I took a hermeneutics (interpretation) course. I was blown away. It was staggering to discover how poorly I had been reading the Bible, but my shock slowly turned to joy as I learned how to truly understand the Bible. I discovered deep truths that the world is built on, better understood who God is, and began to absorb his grace


Books I’m Currently Using in Ministry

October 1, 2013

Here are a few books I am using in ministry this Fall. They are all good books but the * indicates an exceptional book: Hermeneutics Class Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church How to Read the Bible for All it’s Worth How to Read the Bible as Literature Preaching Imagining the Kingdom* Readers Greek New Testament** James James* Elder Training The Ministry of the Spirit-filled Church The Pastors Justification Gospel Eldership Discipleship Overcoming Sin & Temptation*  


4 Ways to Listen in the Age of Speed

September 30, 2013

In the age of speed, everything is fast including our listening. One psychologist has described us as having “an inner psychology of speed.” Fast internet, fast food, fast living, but more often than not, we are slow to hear and quick to speak. So while our speed is picking up, so is our relational foolishness. Hurried to get on to the next task, event, or tweet, we ride right over people. If we could reverse this malady, conflict would be