I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the people who’ve influenced me.
Pastors who’ve risked fame and friends in favor of speaking truth.
Ever wonder what life would be like WITHOUT people who weren’t afraid to cut across the grain?
Luckily, there are pastors who refused to sleep with the enemy.
Some of these pastors have changed my life. Here are six.
Exposed my ten years as a false convert for what they were–a delusion–and put me on the search for the meaning of a true, biblical conversion.
Picked up where Comfort left off through a series of sermons on authentic faith that pushed me to ground my salvation in the biblical work of Christ and not some weak confession motivated by selfish desires.
Taught me the importance of distributing my time equally among Christians and non-Christians and how to talk to those non-Christians.
Demonstrated how to revel in the beauty and joy of submitting to, exalting in and serving for Christ.
Showed me [in a biography of his life] during the early, ambivalent stage of my Christian walk that raising God-fearing children was a vastly more important legacy to leave than becoming one of the most significant novelists of my time.
Got in my face when my emotional infidelity with my wife surfaced. He boldy drew the line in the sand and challenged me to decide which side I was going to stand on–the sacred life of serving Christ or the libertine life of serving self.
Now it’s your turn. Share a short story about a pastor in your life who’s influenced you.
And if you’re a non-believer, tell us about a person–maybe a father, professor or manager–who gave you life-altering advice.
Let’s honor those people who’ve swam up stream for the sake of truth. I look forward to your thoughts.
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