Closing RPM Books and Ministries
In 2004, I launched RPM Ministries to be a portal for my speaking, writing, consulting, and counseling regarding biblical counseling and Christian living. Now, after about 18 years, the Lord is leading me to close RPM Books and Ministries.
The bookstore is now closed. However, you can visit Books to find links to purchase any of my books either at the publisher’s site or at Amazon. At the same link (Books), you can find free resources related to each book and booklet.
The Truth & Love blog is still up and you can read any of several thousand past blogs. However, other than occasional blogging, I will be ending my regular blogging ministry.
The 100s of free resources will still be available as always, here: Free Resources.
Retiring From Faith Bible Seminary
I was already planning to move toward semi-retirement with Faith Bible Seminary at the end of this current academic year in July 2022. This past week I interacted with our FBS Admin Team to let them know of my plans to transition out of FBS at the end of January 2022.
Thankfully, both RPM Books and Ministries and Faith Bible Seminary are ministries that I can return to. If the Lord leads, it is easy to reopen the bookstore and start blogging again at RPM. And the President of Faith Bible Seminary has already opened the door to my return if the Lord leads.
Longing to Be a Christocentric Husband
Many if not most of you understand why I am making these decisions.
God is leading me away from an outward facing public ministry.
God is leading me toward a focus on my family—in particular on Shirley. You can read about Shirley’s health needs here.
I make this decision joyfully. There is no greater joy than loving and serving Shirley.
I make this decision biblically. Paul tells us that if we do not take care of our families, then we are worse than unbelievers (1 Timothy 5:8). His point: non-Christians care for their family members. Christians of all people should focus on their family.
I make this decision with a longing to be like Christ. I am seeking to be a “Christocentric husband.” I confess that I have not always had that Christocentric focus—certainly not to the degree that God is empowering and calling me to now. Here’s what I mean by a Christocentric husband:
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church—for we are members of his body.
‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church” (Ephesians 5:25-32).
My Joyful Calling
This is my calling.
I joyfully enter my calling with deeper commitment than ever to seek through Christ’s power to love Shirley like Christ loves the church.
I want to give myself up for Shirley.
I want to love Shirley with a Christocentric nourishing and cherishing love—putting her first.
By the Spirit’s empowerment, I want to live out the gospel mystery of our oneness in Christ.