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  • Driven By The "Like" Button

    One of my heart’s life-long battles has been to seek people’s affirmation of love by being for them what I think they desire me to be. Tragically, I am a people pleaser. I have developed skills at reading people.   Read More...

  • Giving Up

    In my church tradition there was no official church calendar or weekly lectionary to follow. Sure, we celebrated Christmas and Easter, but I had no idea they were actually part of an intentional church calendar that many churches followed. So I knew very little about Ash Wednesday—the day in the church calendar that marks the beginning of Lent.   Read More...

  • The Poison of Winning

    I was in a cozy living room with a group of people I had been doing ministry with for a number of years. It seemed like just another normal ‘church’ meeting. I quickly found out it was not.   Read More...

  • Salty Ones

    “Salty,” when used as a slang term, describes someone who is "angry, agitated, or upset," as well as someone who is "mean, annoying, and repulsive".I’m currently enjoying some rest, relaxation, and some dental work in Mexico (in the Yucatan). While here I was invited by a local Presbyterian pastor to attend a Bible Study hosted at a Roman Catholic church. There were around 15 attendees, both men and women, most of whom identified as Roman Catholics.   Read More...

  • Life-giving Scars

    I’ve lived on both coasts of Florida. I started out my years in Florida on the Atlantic, and then God called me over to the Gulf. I still love the ocean and enjoy my periodic visits to the east side, but I’ve fallen in love with the Gulf side and the Nature Coast.   Read More...

  • Change

    Change. I suspect that while most of us internally long for change, none of us really like the process. The truth is, change is painful.   Read More...

  • 24-Hour Prayer Vigil Starts Friday, October 21

    Last December my son Reese and I visited New York City for a couple of days. As we ventured around, we noticed numerous churches in the city. Many of those churches keep their doors open so individuals can walk in at any time. Reese and I went in a couple of them. In every church we walked in scattered about the seating you would always find individuals praying. Some stayed for awhile, some stayed for a couple of minutes and then left.   Read More...

  • This Is Amazing Grace!

    Yesterday morning a man named Joe ventured back into my office area. Joe  has been a regular at AA meetings since Nature Coast started hosting a few years ago. Joe asked me if I could set up a time with him and talk to him about who Jesus is. Joe went on to say that he, in his words, has been ‘watching out of the corner of his eye’ Nature Coast church and our folks as he is regularly around (even daily) to attend meetings.   Read More...

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Welcome to Gospel Eresso - the Good News Galley Slave Blog

A word about my blog title: In our lives (at least in mine) there are certain circumstances or moments that grab us and profoundly impact and shape us. A series a few years ago on I Corinthians caught me and shaped me or in gospel reality is still catching and shaping me. St. Paul writes in 4:1: This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. The derivative for the Greek word (“huporetes” – ‘servants) in the text is ‘eresso’ which means ‘to row’. The definition is one of ‘under-rower’. ‘Eresso’ describes the galley slaves in the belly of the ship whose rowing propelled the ship through the sea.  The transforming work of the gospel for St. Paul resulted in his viewing and identifying himself as a galley slave servant of Christ. The transforming work of the gospel will result in our identities being changed to one’s of servants. St. Paul reminds not only the Corinthian church, but us as well that the values of the gospel run counter to the values of the world in which we live. Every day we are confronted with the opportunities to live out ‘gospel eresso’ with our spouses, children, co-workers, in our cars, in the check-out line…my interest is to share gospel stories from our daily lives, thoughts from my sermons, and engage the stories of our culture from the perspective of Christ and His gospel.

I don’t have a corner on what it means to live as a servant rowing at the bottom of ship. I’m grateful I can lean heavily on the rowing shoulders of my fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters of the faith. God wants to us to know Him so He sent himself that we may see and know him.  Christ is the ultimate ‘eresso’. He ‘rowed’ himself all the way to a cross.

A good daily question for me and you: Where is the gospel ‘rowing’ you today?

- Brad Bresson