If our preaching does not have the same effect on people that Jesus had, then we must not be declaring the same message that Jesus did.

~ Timothy Keller

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In the last post, I told a story that my father told many times as a preacher. He never wanted any glory for his teaching. He never sought affirmation through his successes. He wanted no earthly rewards for his service.

He’d rather have heard, “Wow! What a Savior!” at the end of every lesson than, “Wow! Great sermon, pastor.” His motivation was to glorify God in his ministry.

  • I desire to do the same.

I’m not a pastor. I don’t even teach Sunday school at this time. I have no theological degrees that would impress anyone.

  • But I do have a passion for Jesus Christ.

I want to honor and glorify Him as my Savior and Lord. He is the One who humbled Himself to take the wrath of God due for my sin. He didn’t have to do that for me. He didn’t have to do that for anyone, and yet He died for everyone.

  • That’s why I’ve chosen to write about His Passion.

Although many of you have seen The Passion of the Christ, there’s much more that we can glean from Scripture about His agony. In Crushed: a Physician Analyzes the Agony of Jesus, I review every detail of Christ’s suffering from a medical perspective, but I do so in layman’s terms so that non-medical people can understand it.

Even more, it is biblically sound.

  • Crushed shows how God foretold of each aspect in Scripture.

That’s why prominent theologians have endorsed this manuscript. It’s not because of a novice’s style of writing, which leaves much to be desired. It’s more because of the emphasis on God’s voice, which we hear as we study God’s Word.

  • It’s more than a story about a carpenter who died two millennia ago.

It’s where our past meets our future, all wrapped up in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

  • My purpose is not about selling books.

It’s more about glorifying the One who loved each one of us enough to give His life for ours. If what I’ve written moves anyone, it’s not my words that will do it. Instead, it will be God’s Spirit. I pray He will do more with this work than I could ever hope, for His is the glory.


Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

~ Ephesians 3:20-21, NKJV

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How does knowing about Jesus’ sacrifice impact you?