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John Mark Comer is the founding pastor at Bridgetown Church, director and teacher of Practicing the Way, and the New York Times bestselling author of Live No Lies and other books. His passion is the intersection of spiritual formation and post-Christian culture, and to that end, he is regularly show more found reading the desert fathers and mothers, ancient saints and obscure contemplatives, modern psychologists and social scientists, and op-eds from the New York Times. Most important, he is husband to T and father to Jude, Moses, and Sunday. show less

Works by John Mark Comer

God Has a Name (2017) 132 copies, 4 reviews

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Birthdate
1980-06-10
Gender
male
Places of residence
Portland, Oregon, USA
Occupations
pastor
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John Mark Comer lives, works, and writes in the urban core of Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Tammy, and their three children, Jude, Moses, and Sunday.

He is the pastor for teaching and vision at Bridgetown Church.

Prior to planting Bridgetown, John Mark was the lead pastor of a suburban megachurch. Before that, he played in a band. John Mark has a master's degree in biblical and theological studies from Western Seminary and is the author of Loveology, My Name is Hope, Garden City and God Has a Name.

For more of John Mark's teachings on the Scriptures, Jesus, and life, go to bridgetown.church and sign up for the podcast or visit www.johnmarkcomer.com.

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I live in 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.

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This book was a unique experience for me, a Catholic. It was a very enjoyable learning experience. It is written in a straightforward fashion and with a certain lightness that is not usually found in this type of writing.
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DeaconBernie | 1 other review | Apr 30, 2024 |
What a helpful reminder this book is. Comer goes into great detail about how living into the practices of silence, solitude, Sabbath, and slowing have changed his life. In the process, he shares great wisdom with us from several other writers, teachers, and followers of the Way. It helps his case that he took the title from a Dallas Willard line.
 
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pianistpalm91 | 13 other reviews | Apr 7, 2024 |
First -- it's extremely Christian; I wasn't sure how much that'd play into before I read it. I'd be reluctant to recommend it to people who aren't intimately familiar with the culture. It's written as if it were a sermon -- think a long, easy-to-read speech instead of typical book or collection of essays.

Excellent core idea: "hurry" is preventing us from living thoroughly good lives, burning us out, ruining our relationships and spirituality. It's one of those "sticky ideas"; you hear the concept and then start trying to apply it to all aspects of life; the title kinda becomes a mantra. I found myself thinking about this within the context of work (how can I reduce hurry there?) life, relationships, how I organise my day to minimise stress, etc etc etc.

But wow, the author feels a little... tone deaf? Naive? Arrogant? sometimes. The author nods to an article by Anne Helen Petersen and then dunks on it because she proposes "democratic socialism and unions" as a burnout solution, saying "I highly doubt they will be any more effective against burnout than essential oils"; which completely misses the entire theme that weaves through most of Petersen's work -- that burnout is a product of society, not a personal failure, and improving social structures and support networks is a great way to combat that. I think this pissed me off especially because it's got that smug Christian "man, those atheists don't know what they're talking about" vibe, but... like... he could probably learn something by engaging with secular thinkers if he was willing to do more than just read the one article, and then dunk on them.

There's a later section talking about Sabbath as a response to freedom from slavery; where the author promotes maintaining the Sabbath as a way to ensure that the poor also get to rest:


Can you imagine what would happen to society if all commerce stopped once a week? If 24-7 stores went 24-6? Websites stopped receiving orders. Amazon warehouses closed for a day. Restaurants powered off the oven. Can you imagine what this would do for the poor in our cities? Creating space for them to rest and spend time with their loved ones?


None of this stuff works without societal change or advocacy. If everyone took Sundays off with no other changes (to e.g. the living wage) then it's gonna be a whole lot worse for a lot of people.

In this sense, it's a very individualistic book --- solutions and prescribed ideas are things you can change in your own life, which might then have influence on societal settings later if enough people do them -- and a product of the (American evangelical) culture it exists in.

Still some good ideas worth reflecting on. I personally got more from [b:How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy|42771901|How to Do Nothing Resisting the Attention Economy|Jenny Odell|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1550724373l/42771901._SY75_.jpg|66525499] (though that is much less practical in terms of concrete advice), but the way this is written is "stickier", I wasn't sure what to take away from "How to do Nothing" but "figure out how to eliminate hurry" is a pretty good guiding principle. Another way of putting it would be "Approach time from a place of abundance, not scarcity.", per Chelsea Scudder.
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capnfabs | 13 other reviews | Mar 9, 2024 |
John Mark Comer wrote a simple book on addressing the issue of hurry and its many facets in our lives, and how that is directly in conflict with the life that Jesus would have us follow if we are to walk in His steps. Comer emphasizes the need to look at the actual life of Jesus (how he took time for solitude, prayer, and slowing down to address the needs before him.
The second part focuses on the four areas that he believes need to be addressed: Silence & Solitude, Sabbath, Simplicity, and Slowing. Most of the things he brings up are not exactly new, but the combined focus on the different areas with practical advice is helpful to allow the reader to examine their own life and figure out ways to put these practices into their lives to walk closer to Jesus. While many of his practical ideas may not work for me (already implementing or disagree with my life style), there is wisdom in what the practical ideas are trying to address in regards to the four areas of focus.
Comer definitely refers to Dallas Willard and John Ortberg enough that I will have to dive into their works.
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wvlibrarydude | 13 other reviews | Jan 15, 2024 |

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