John Mark Comer

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I live in the urban core of Portland, OR, with my wife Tammy and our three kids – Jude, Moses and Sunday. Portland is this great city in the Pacific Northwest buzzing with culture - food, drink, coffee, indie bands, and lots of depressed people. I love it.

I'm the pastor for teaching and vision at Bridgetown Church, right in the center of the city by Powell's Books - best bookstore ever! Our church is built around the idea of "practicing the way of Jesus, together, in Portland." We believe the way of Jesus is just that: a way, of life. And it takes practice in community to make it into a reality.

I'm also the author of a couple books: My name is Hope, Loveology, Garden City, and most recently, God has a Name.

I did my Masters at Western Semi
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Loveology: God. Love. Marri...

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God Has a Name

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“Every thought in your mind needs to be filtered. If you are going to survive this war, you need to be a domineering, controlling, micro-managing tyrant when it comes to your thought life. Any and all thoughts outside of God’s Word, you take captive, shut up, and expel. You give those thoughts no time. No mental real estate. No free pass. You throw those thoughts into prison. No, better yet, you send them straight to solitary confinement. And when you’re done, you throw away the keys.”
John Mark Comer, My Name is Hope: Anxiety, depression, and life after melancholy

“We were set up to love. To absorb the love of God into our bloodstream and then to share it with another human being.”
John Mark Comer, Loveology: God. Love. Marriage. Sex. And the Never-Ending Story of Male and Female.

“One of the reasons there are so many bitter, disenfranchised people who are angry at the church is because of bad theology. It’s really, really important to separate your theology of the kingdom from the church. These are two separate, autonomous entities. Yes, there is overlap and the lines blur and bleed, but they are two different ideas. Jesus’ ultimate goal for the universe is the kingdom, not the church. The kingdom is where the renewal of all things takes place. Where Eden is restored. Where the entire creation is made new.[1] The story of the Bible ends with heaven crashing into earth. The kingdom is a huge, elephantic theology with layers and texture and depth and dimensions. The problem is that most people erase or ignore the theology of the kingdom. In doing so, they pin all their hopes and dreams on the church. These unrealistic expectations are way too much to bear for the frail shoulders of God’s bride. She was never designed to bear the weight of changing the world, much less perfection. I hear people say things like, “The church is God’s plan to save the world.” No, it’s not. Jesus is God’s plan to save the world. He is bringing his kingdom crashing into this present age, and he is saving the world. Yes, the church is part of God’s plan to save the world. That is very true. We are the body of the Messiah. Meaning, we are the arms and legs, the appendages, the extensions of Jesus to the world. We join and partner and work with him for the kingdom; but he is the one saving the universe, not us.”
John Mark Comer, My Name is Hope: Anxiety, depression, and life after melancholy




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