|Pastor Matthew St. John|
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I get all sorts of feedback from people who are reading my books. Some pretty surprising responses have come from men.
One of the earliest ones came from an elder in my church after he read my first book, When Life and Beliefs Collide. He pulled me aside and said, “I know you wrote that book for women. I didn’t read it for women. I read it for myself.”
Lately, I’ve been hearing from pastors who are using The Gospel of Ruth and Half the Church as commentaries for sermons. One pastor wrote, “The Gospel of Ruth was the best commentary on Ruth I have ever read and was used powerfully in my life by God. In fact, it’s in my book bag right now to take to my weekly prayer-and-accountability partner who asked today if he could borrow it for a week.”
Back in June I posted a sermon by Pastor David Swanson (First Presbyterian in Orlando) on the ezer titled, “More than a Helper.” If you missed it, go to “The Ezer-Warrior Message will Preach.”
The latest email came from Pastor Matthew St. John of Bethel Church in Fargo, North Dakota thanking me for my book, Half the Church, and alerting me to the fact that he was preparing a sermon series on the ezer-warrior entitled “Warrior: A Study of Biblical Womanhood.” They even produced a trailer which I posted earlier here.
Needless to say, that one made my day!
So if you’re looking for encouragement, Pastor St. John’s bold series will give you plenty. I’ve already heard from one friend who heard the entire series and told me it brought tears to her eyes to hear a pastor preach about women like this to his congregation.