Over the last five years at The Gospel Coalition we’ve gradually diversified efforts to fulfill our Theological Vision of Ministry and consider the implications of the gospel for arts and culture, faith and work, current events, and Christian living. But our first audience, and in many ways still our primary audience, has been pastors. The same goes for our regular contributors. We publish pastors. And not just our Council members and other high-profile leaders. We have featured hundreds of mostly unknown and lesser-known pastors laboring in diverse contexts with myriad challenges but buoyed by the same gospel, preached “not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power” (1 Cor. 1:17).
For the last decade Erik Raymond has faithfully, regularly, and insightfully written about pastoral ministry and many other subjects for his blog, most recently titled Ordinary Pastor. With a name inspired by D. A. Carson’s memoirs of his pastor father, Ordinary Pastor captures our desire at TGC to make much of Jesus Christ and not ourselves, because when we are weak, Christ is strong (2 Cor. 12:10). For that reason we’re excited to welcome Erik and his blog to TGC. We know he will make a valuable contribution to our online community, because he’s already been serving us for years with articles and reviews that help Christians stay calibrated by the gospel and not the fads of pragmatic ministry or theological downgrade.
A Boston native, Erik is the senior pastor of Emmaus Bible Church in Omaha, Nebraska. He and his wife, Christie, have six children. We greatly admire his cooperative vision of ministry in Omaha, where he guides other pastors in adopting gospel-centered teaching and practices. Since the Lord gripped him with grace as a young man caught up in a lifestyle of open rebellion and hostility toward God and the church, Erik has demonstrated special passion and gifting for evangelism. You’ll want to pick up Erik’s new small-group curriculum, published by TGC and The Good Book Company, on Gospel-Shaped Outreach. Along with fellow TGC blogger Jared Wilson, who has written on Gospel-Shaped Worship, Erik is launching this major new multi-year initiative to help church leaders implement the values of our Theological Vision for Ministry in their various settings around the world.
Please join us in welcoming Erik to TGC and praying that God would uphold and equip him to steward his writing and thinking for the good of the global church.