Jonathan K. Dodson

Author | Christ is All | Pastor

Christmas Confession & Assurance

December 22, 2017

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


When Mission Gets in the Way of Counseling

December 12, 2017

Should we spend time counseling when we could be out evangelizing, building community, strategizing for mission or preaching? Isn’t counseling something missional leaders “refer,” not something we do? Well, it depends on how we define the word counsel. If we mean specialized sessions devoted to psychological issues that can not be addressed by the gospel, then perhaps we shouldn’t counsel. However, if we mean discipling others with gospel wisdom in the full range of human thinking, feeling, and behaving, then perhaps we should


5 Ways Seminary Equipped Me for Ministry

October 4, 2016

1 Biblical Epistemology – My prolegomena helped me grasp how a Biblical worldview in intellectually credible. The writings of John Frame and N.T Wright on critical realism helped me grasp a way of looking at the world that is neither naive or nihilist. We can perceive what is true, through reason, the Spirit, and the Word, but not all we say is true.   This enabled me to press into a pluralistic context like Austin, Texas with the requisite humility


3 Recommended Books on Burnout

September 13, 2016

In light of my recent article at Lifeway Leadership, here are a few books I recommend reading if you feel exhausted by ministry, lackluster about the church, or distant from Jesus: On The Brink – This book blends empathy, challenge, and biblical exhortation very well. An excellent help to anyone who feels “on the brink” or wants to better understand what pastors, in particular, often face. Leading on Empty – This book combines science with sage advice. It contains some great