Posts by Jonathan Romig

Posts by Jonathan Romig

How to Abide in Christ / Ways to Commune with God (Book Recommendation)

As a follow-up to Sunday’s sermon the encouragement to abide in Christ, I’d like to share this book called “With: Reimaging the Way You Relate to God” by Skye Jethani. First, he talks about how we relate to god, typically one of four ways. Here’s an excerpt: Am I a sinner—a despicable being, living under the constant threat of God’s wrath and punishment, who must appease his will through strict obedience to moral and ritual commands (LIFE UNDER GOD)? Am…

Commissioned for the Frontline (Everyday Ministry Matters)

Can you imagine a business where 70% of the employees can’t connect how their daily work contributes to the company’s overall mission? If that were the case, odds are that business would soon be out of business! Yet sadly that’s the state of the church in America today. According to recent research by Barna, “70% of Christians do not see how their work serves God’s purposes.” Yet 93% of pastors have said that helping their people integrate their faith and…

The Problem with Elevating Pastoral Ministry Above Other Ministries – “What Ministry Might That Be?”

Several years ago I was sitting in the pew on Sunday morning at historic All Souls Church in central London listening to John Stott preach.  To illustrate a point, he recounted a conversation with a friend of his.  Apparently John’s friend had shared with him some news about a mutual acquaintance, explaining that this person had recently gone into “the ministry.”  John then replied, “What ministry might that be?”  John’s friend was confused by the question, particularly from such an…

Between Two Worlds: In But Not Of the World

In my last post I wrote about running, so I thought I’d continue with that theme today. Whenever I go for a jog, I like to listen to praise music. Unfortunately, on one occasion when I popped in the earbuds, one of them didn’t work. I tried to fiddle with it, but nothing helped. At first I was somewhat annoyed by this, as I was hoping to have a wonderful time running and praising God (silently of course!). Once I…

Bernie Michaud’s Testimony – “I like to pay my own way.”

When I was about 20 years old I was dating a young lady who one day told me that she wanted to go to a new church plant in Westford, Ma. I asked why? She told me that she just want to try it; and so we went. The next week she wanted to go again and soon after she wanted to go on Sunday night and Wednesday evenings too. If I wanted to be with her I would have…

Crossing the Finish Line – God’s Story & Your Everyday Frontline

I could barely make out the finish line approaching in the distance.  As I strained my eyes down Boylston Street, I reflected on how many runners had made a similar journey before me – how I was literally following in their footsteps.  Yet as I crossed the line of Boston’s historic marathon, there was no moment of elation.  No sense of accomplishment.  Why?  Well, I had not actually run the Boston marathon that day.  I was merely running an errand. …