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About John Mark Comer
John Mark Comer is the founding pastor of Bridgetown Church in Portland, Oregon, the director and teacher of Practicing the Way, and the bestselling author of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry and four previous books.
Much of his writing is focused on the work of spiritual formation in post-Christian culture. The gnawing questions that get him out of bed in the morning are, How do we experience life with God in the digital age? And how do we change to become more like Jesus in a culture where emotional health and spiritual maturity are rare? To that end, he is regularly found reading the desert fathers and mothers, ancient saints and obscure contemplatives, modern psy¬chologists and social scientists, philosophers like Dallas Willard, and the weekly op-ed page. When he’s not reading, he can be found attempting to learn how to cook for his wife and children, drinking Heart coffee, and walking the family dog in the forest.
John Mark graduated from Western Seminary and has a master’s degree in biblical and theological studies.
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“Live No Lies is brilliant, deep, scriptural, and will equip you to face the enemy and fight.”—Jennie Allen, New York Times bestselling author of Get Out of Your Head
We are at war. Not with a foreign government or domestic terrorists or a creepy new artificial intelligence hell-bent on taking over the world. No, it’s a war we feel deep inside our own chests: we are at war with lies.
The problem isn’t so much that we tell lies but that we live them. We let them into our bodies, and they sabotage our peace. All around us in the culture and deep within our own body memories are lies: deceptive ideas that wreak havoc on our emotional health and spiritual well-being, and deceptive ideas about who God is, who we are, and what the good life truly is.
The choice is not whether to fight or not fight, but whether we win or surrender.
Ancient apprentices of Jesus developed a paradigm for this war; they spoke of the three enemies of the soul: the devil, the flesh, and the world. Live No Lies taps into this ancient wisdom from saints of the Way and translates the three enemies for the modern era, with all its secularism and sophistication. As a generation, we chuckle at the devil as a premodern myth, we are confused by Scripture’s teaching on the flesh in an age where sensual indulgence is a virtue not a vice, and we have little to no category for the New Testament concept of the world.
In this provocative and practical book, bestselling author John Mark Comer combines cultural analysis with spiritual formation. He identifies the role lies play in our spiritual deformation and lays out a strategic plan to overcome them.
Do you feel the tug-of-war in your own heart, the inner conflict between truth and lies? The spirit and the flesh? The Way of Jesus and the world? It’s time to start winning. It’s time to live no lies...
“As someone all too familiar with ‘hurry sickness,’ I desperately needed this book.”—Scott Harrison, New York Times best-selling author of Thirst
“Who am I becoming?”
That was the question nagging pastor and author John Mark Comer. Outwardly, he appeared successful. But inwardly, things weren’t pretty. So he turned to a trusted mentor for guidance and heard these words:
“Ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life. Hurry is the great enemy of the spiritual life.”
It wasn’t the response he expected, but it was—and continues to be—the answer he needs. Too often we treat the symptoms of toxicity in our modern world instead of trying to pinpoint the cause. A growing number of voices are pointing at hurry, or busyness, as a root of much evil.
Within the pages of this book, you’ll find a fascinating roadmap to staying emotionally healthy and spiritually alive in the chaos of the modern world.
A purposeful guide for twenty- and thirty-somethings to understand and embrace their calling as well as immediate next steps for their lives.
You've heard people say, "Who you are matters more than what you do." But does the Bible really teach that?
In Garden City, popular pastor and speaker John Mark Comer gives a surprisingly counter-cultural take on the typical "spiritual" answer of the church. Comer explores Scripture to discover God’s original intent for how we are meant to spend our time, reshaping how you view and do your work, rest, and life.
Here, you'll find answers to questions like:
- Does God care where I work?
- Does he have a clear direction for me?
- What about what I do with my free time or how much rest I get?
In these pages, you'll learn that it's ultimately about the reality that what we do matters, just as much as who we are.
"There aren't many questions in life that if you find the answer to them, it can change everything. But asking who God is and what he is like are two of those questions, and John Mark Comer brilliantly answers them in this book." -Jefferson Bethke
Many of us ache for relationship with God, yet feel distant and disconnected from him. As if he's more of an idea we believe in our head than a person we relate to. But God has a name: Yahweh. This one simple idea has the potential to radically alter how you relate to God, not as a doctrine, but as a relational being who responds to you in an elastic, back-and-forth way.
Why do we feel this gap between us and God? Could it be that a lot of what we think about God is wrong? Not all wrong, but wrong enough to mess up how we relate to him? What if our "God" is really a projection of our own identity, ideas, and desires? And what if the real God is different, but far better than we could ever imagine?
This book is a simple, but profound guide to what God says about himself. In his signature conversational-but-smart style, John Mark Comer takes you line by line through Exodus 34:6-8--Yahweh's self-revelation on Mount Sinai--called by some scholars the one most quoted verse in the Bible, by the Bible.
Wherever you are in your spiritual journey, who God is just might surprise you--and change everything.
Staggering numbers of modern Americans fight anxiety and depression on a daily basis. In 2010, there were 253 million prescriptions for antidepressants in the U.S. alone. That's in a nation of 311 million people. And the battle is nothing new. My Name is Hope is the story of one follower of Jesus who went through the horrors of anxiety and depression and came out the other side. It is his ruthlessly authentic and scripturally authoritative account of prophets and poets, mothers and fathers, and even a Messiah who all came up against anxiety and depression.
"With obvious relevance and prophetic resonance," My Name is Hope "speaks needed truth into the over-stressed, over-medicated reality of our lives and culture. It is a book that will awaken and guide many towards a return home to the hope that is ours in Jesus."
And ever since we’ve been picking up the pieces.
Loveology is just that---a theology of love.
With an autobiographical thread that turns a book into a story, pastor and speaker John Mark Comer shares about what is right in male/female relationships---what God intended in the Garden. And about what is wrong---the fallout in a post-Eden world.
Loveology starts with marriage and works backward. Comer deals with sexuality, romance, singleness, and what it means to be male and female; ending with a raw, uncut, anything goes Q and A dealing with the most asked questions about sexuality and relationships.
This is a book for singles, engaged couples, and the newly married---both inside and outside the church---who want to learn what the Scriptures have to say about sexuality and relationships. For those who are tired of Hollywood’s propaganda, and the church’s silence. And for people who want to ask the why questions and get intelligent, nuanced, grace-and-truth answers, rooted in the Scriptures.
This study guide includes:
- Individual access to 4 streaming video sessions
- Discussion and reflection questions with video notes
- Personal study for between sessions
- Leader's Guide
The late 1930s were a tumultuous time in America. The country was on the verge of war with Germany. The economy was recovering from the Great Depression. Fear and anxiety were rampant. Enter Orson Welles, director of The Mercury Theatre on the Air, a new radio program. The show was the darling of critics but had failed to garner a large audience. Welles had no commercial sponsor, and he knew he had to do something drastic. So he bought the rights to H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds and had his screenwriter simplify it. He updated the setting from Victorian England to current-day New Jersey.
Most Americans weren't listening to Welles's show when it started. They were listening to the more popular The Chase and Sanborn Hour. That week's episode ended at 8:15 pm. So, around 8:16, thousands of people turned the dial and were shocked by realistic-sounding news alerts. Due to the unrest in Europe, people were used to having their radio shows interrupted with breaking news stories . . . all bad. What people heard that night were reports of aliens invading the Eastern Seaboard, complete with an emergency broadcast from an actor whose voice mimicked President Roosevelt's with near-perfect accuracy.
The result was pandemonium in the streets. Urbanites fled in terror. People took refuge in churches. Pregnant women went into labor early. People committed suicide. Looting broke out in the streets. It being America, men got out their guns and made ready to make a final stand.
The story reveals that ideas can be powerful. As the Bible reveals, this is something our enemy understands all too well. Satan, "the father of lies," wields the weapons of deception with perfect precision, striking at when we are most vulnerable. It is for this reason that Paul and other early church leaders liked following Jesus to a war. They encouraged believers in Christ to equip the armor of spiritual warfare, take a stand, and start to fight back against the forces of the world, the flesh, and the devil.
As followers of Jesus, we still called are to fight back against deceptive ideas (the devil) that play to disordered desires (the flesh) that are normalized in a sinful society (the world). This is the purpose of this study—to unmask our enemy and to develop a strategy to fight back by living out the truth we believe.
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In the beginning, God created Adam. Then he made Eve.
And ever since we’ve been picking up the pieces.
Loveology is a theology of love from God’s point of view.
The five sessions start with God’s design for marriage and works backward, dealing with sexuality, romance, singleness, and what it means to be male and female. Pastor and writer John Mark Comer shares about what is right in male/female relationships—what God intended in the Garden. And about what is wrong—the fallout in a post-Eden world.
The Loveology video-based Bible study (DVD/digital video sold separately) is for anyone who wants to learn what the Scriptures have to say about sexuality and relationships and for people who want to ask the why questions and get intelligent, grace-and-truth answers.
As you walk through this five-week study, you will come to better understand what God fully intended back in the garden. By comprehending the brilliance behind God’s original plan for love and marriage and sex and romance—if we can redefine that fuzzy, amorphous, confusing word “love” and look at it through the lens of Jesus—your marriages and relationships will be radically altered as a result.
This study guide contains video notes, individual or group reflection questions, and between session personal applications to enhance your journey through the video study.
Designed for use with Loveology Video Study 9780310688389 (sold separately).