This testimony of Becket Cook is mesmerizing. I’m eagerly looking forward to reading his book once I finish a few others. Some takeaways from this interview:

  • Sometimes, a pastor is going to be more effective with an open Bible in a coffee shop than quietly studying in his study.
  • Sometimes, a single invitation is all it takes to get someone to go to church.
  • Sometimes, a single sermon is all it takes to shake up the life of a lost sinner and cause them to repent of their sin.
  • Sometimes, a seeker-friendly church with ahistoric worship can still be an effective means of grace.

The pastor’s study is important. Invitations to church are often ineffective and require interpersonal, long-term relationships. All too often, sinners are hardened by preaching, rather than softened. And there’s a lot of inexcusable nonsense that goes on in the name of worship in churches today. But when God has someone in his cross-hairs, there’s no stopping. They’re going to be reborn. This is such an encouraging story, a reminder that the God Almighty of Joshua’s day is as powerful today as he ever was and ever will be. In the words of Paul in Romans 1:16:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.