THE PASTOR’S JUSTIFICATION
Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry
By Jared Wilson
I first discovered Jared Wilson on twitter. He was funny. He was a Patriots fan. And he was prolific. Win, win, and win.
Turns out he’s a good writer, too.
Wilson has written several books and coauthored several more. But one thing sets him apart: He pastored a small church in rural Vermont.
That’s street cred.
Reading after legendary church leaders can be intimidating. I will never preach as many sermons as Spurgeon. I will never think as deeply as Calvin. I will never be as sarcastic as Luther. You know what I mean. But in reading to Wilson, I found someone who has walked a mile or two in my shoes. And so when he talks about the contours of ministry and mercy, I listen.
In The Pastor’s Justification, Wilson artfully applies the Gospel to the work of ministry and the office of pastor. With his blogger-styled wit and quick prose, he carries the reader into some deep places of grace and insight. He surfaces the difficulties of ministry, but right before the pity party kicks in, he delivers the gospel punch, over and over.
I found this book to be very touching, genuine, and helpful. It is certainly worth a read and a reread.
Wilson, J. C. (2013). The Pastor’s justification: Applying the work of Christ in your life and ministry. Crossway Books.