65: John Mark Comer | Slow Down
So, if you’ve listened to the podcast for a while, you’ve probably heard us share from time to time how God’s had us on this journey over the last few years of moving from just a “Church on Sunday, smallgroup on Monday, daily quiet time” lifestyle to really learning and centering our lives around the ways of Jesus, or the spiritual disciplines. with the goal of course to become more like Him. And it’s been wonderful to hear from so many of you who have been on a similar journey as well!
It’s crazy to say that I’ve been a Christian for most of my 38 years of life and am just now learning about incredible things like the Prayer of Examen, how to practice Sabbath, and the one that’s probably changed me the most personally, the practice of slowing down. Probably one of the greatest resources that has helped us along this journey has been Pastor John Mark Comer and his team at Bridgetown Church in Portland, OR. So today, we’ve invited our friend John Mark to come and share about their journey of leading their church into this practicing the way of Jesus lifestyle and this idea of slowing down, or as Dallas Willard puts it, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry.
John Mark has just released his 4th book with this exact title, the Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, and we could not be more excited about this! John Mark shares his journey with us of going from “successful” megachurch pastor, to hitting a wall of burnout and hurry sickness, to coming out on the other side, still loving and serving Jesus but now thankfully from a much healthier place emotionally and spiritually.
We talk with John Mark about what it looks like to move from just a “church on Sunday” lifestyle to truly centering our lives around the rhythms of Jesus in order to become more like Him. John Mark unpacks the danger of living a hurried life, just how much it actually steals from us, and practical steps to move toward a slower more soulful way of living.
Take a deep breath. Let your heart slow down. Listen in.