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Foreword by Dr. JI Packer to ‘Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit’

Foreword Ji-packer

By the Rev. Dr. J.I. Packer

Think of Shakespeare.  Each of his plays is distinctive, having its own character and plot.  Some of them are grander than others.  But they all have the tang, so to speak, of Shakespeare, and it is hard to imagine any of them being written by anyone else.

So with Paul’s letters.  Each is different, and they are not all equally weighty.  But in each, we meet the same person: the apostle who lives under the authority of his risen Lord and Saviour, and of the divine message of which he has been made trustee; the teacher who calls constantly for faith in the truth of that message and in its Christ, God-man, sin-bearer, conqueror of death, discipler and coming judge; the pastor who insists that faith must show itself and unshakeable hope and conscientious, law-keeping love.  In all Paul’s letters, the flavour of his gospel is steady, sweet and strong, and that is as true of Titus as it is of any.

Titus is sometimes dismissed as a dull, possibly non-Pauline rehash of things that Paul says more vividly elsewhere, notably in his letters to his prize protégé Timothy.  But such a verdict is unperceptive, not to say perverse.  Titus was Paul’s second deputy after Timothy, and Paul had left him on the island of Crete to finish setting in order the congregations of first-generation converts there.  Was this a tough task?  Yes.  Cretan culture, so it appears, was casual, morally sloppy, undisciplined, self-indulgent, and self-absorbed.  It is true that in his letter to Titus, Paul spells out Christian essentials in a somewhat laborious way, but this does not mean that he doubts the adequacy of Titus’ grasp of the Christian basics; what it shows, rather, is that he is going over in his own mind the full and forthright terms in which the fundamentals needed to be impressed on the Christian believers.  Equally forthright statements, be it said, to young churches and church plants are sometimes needed today.

Ed Hird is a working pastor, a gospel veteran whose bailiwick for many years has arguably had something of Crete in it.  He recognizes the realism of this letter, and his exposition brings it out.  I heartily commend what he has written.

Dr. J.I. Packer 

Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College;

Prolific author, including Knowing God,

Named by Time Magazine as among the 25 most influential evangelicals in America


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Margaret Feinberg’s endorsement of ‘Restoring Health: body, mind & spirit’

Ed Hird opens up the book of Titus in a rich and provocative way that will help you become a better leader and follower of Jesus.

–Margaret Feinberg, author of Wonderstruck

Follow Margaret on Twitter: @mafeinberg
Facebook Page: Margaret Feinberg
www.margaretfeinberg.com


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Norma Carruthers, the registrar for the BC Christian Ashram, invites you to join us this Friday July 25th to 27th at Summit Pacific Park. You can register online at http://www.stsimonschurch.ca/bcca-2014-registration.html or by phoning Norma at 604-533-5509

Norma Carruthers, the registrar for the BC Christian Ashram, invites you to join us this Friday July 25th to 27th at Summit Pacific Park.

You can register online at http://stsimonschurch.ca/bcca-2014-registration.html

or by phoning Norma at 604-533-5509


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Bishop Dr. Silas Ng’s endorsement of ‘Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit’

In this highly toxic world, we desperately need a 360 degrees restoration of our whole being, marriage, family, church, society and beyond.  Dr. Hird gives us a Biblical and practical way to learn how Paul raised Titus so that we can let that restoration happen to us.  A new generation of healthy leaders will be raised up because of our faithfulness and willingness.

The Right Rev. Dr. Silas Ng

Missionary Bishop, Anglican Mission in the Americas

http://www.theamia.org http://www.theamcanada.ca


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Dr Peter Moore’s Endorsement of ‘Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit

Couch potatoes beware! Ed Hird has written a book that both comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable.  Restoring Health is not just an energy bar.  It is a spiritual blood transfusion.  Hard-hitting, and yet grace-filled, this book will awaken you to 100 areas of your spiritual life that need reinvigorating.

If you are a pastor, you will find innumerable nuggets of truth and a treasure store of illustrative material. Plus you will see how simple biblical exposition is — get the text right, and then illuminate it with a good illustration. If you are a lay person, watch out.  Ed Hird will light a fire under you and challenge you to explosive discipleship.

Dr. Peter C. Moore, Dean/President Emeritus, Trinity School for Ministry, PA and Associate for Discipleship, St. Michael’s Church, Charleston, SC

http://petercmoore.com


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Endorsement from Steve Schroeder of ‘Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit’

Someone once stated  “ People buy into the leader long before they buy into his message” If this is the case, then please take a long look into my friend Ed Hird’s latest book Restoring Health: body, mind & spirit . Written out of the storehouse of his heart and ministry, Ed draws on the life of Titus (“an enthusiastic missional leader “) in a way that compels us to live with integrity the call to healthy, Biblical, Kingdom leadership.  A truly refreshing work!

Steve Schroeder

President, Christian Ministers Association of Canada

http://canadacma.org

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