Jan 14, 2020
I was sent a copy of
The Ruthless Elimination of
Hurry by author John
Mark Comer. This book and topic were so wonderful and so needed in
my life, that I found myself a bit nervous to interview John on
this show. He turned out to be as smart, kind, well-spoken, and
humble as his book. He's done his research, and he's lived what he
writes about. You'll enjoy every moment of this wonderful
interview. John lives, works, and writes in the urban core of
Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Tammy, and their three children,
Jude, Moses, and Sunday.
He is the pastor for teaching
and vision at Bridgetown Church. A church built around the very
simple idea of practicing the way of Jesus, together, in Portland.
As for education, John Mark holds a master’s degree in biblical and
theological studies from Western Seminary, and is currently at work
on a doctorate in spiritual formation through Fuller Seminary and
the Dallas Willard Center. I love everything about John’s book, and
I think you will too.
- [06:52] John dedicated this
book to Dallas Willard. I first heard of Dallas Willard in John
Ortberg's book Soul Keeping.
- [07:23] John reads Soul Keeping
- [08:05] John Ortberg was
mentored by Dallas Willard.
- [09:02] As Dallas Willard was
dying he narrated the event. His last words were thank
- [11:08] John had three or four
aha moments before writing this book.
- [11:47] John had emotional,
relational, and spiritual symptoms. He was burnt out. He wasn't
enjoying his work.
- [12:52] When he came across the
concept of hurry that Willard called the great enemy of spiritual
life in our day. He realized this was the naming of one of the key
issues under all of his symptoms. This was all her moment number
- [13:17] Aha moment number two
was when he realized that people are just too busy to live
emotionally healthy and spiritually rich lives.
- [15:02] His third aha moment
was when he put his thoughts together on hurry and it resonated and
connected with the community.
- [16:32] He decided to put all
these thoughts together and write a book.
- [19:32] By the time you're in
your twenties or thirties, you can take a guess at who you're
becoming. This feeling eventually goes away and is replaced with
this is who I became.
- [22:37] The Ruthless
Elimination of Hurry was from a quote by Dallas Willard, who was a
philosopher at the University of Southern California. He is best
known as a writer and a teacher of the way of Jesus.
- [24:05] John Ortberg was
mentored by Willard who told him he must ruthlessly eliminate hurry
from life. Hurry is the great spiritual enemy of life
- [24:37] His entire book was
built around this story.
- [25:37] A physician in the 50s
was the first to connect the dots between stress and heart
- [27:48] The 1950's were the
beginning of hurry disease.
- [28:42] 2007 and 2010 was the
release of the smartphone. It's easy to think that this pace of
life is normal.
- [30:32] The badge of honor that
we wear for our business makes us seem important.
- [31:05] The problem is when we
have too much to do and have to hurry.
- [31:42] Healthy business is
that you are giving your life away.
- [32:09] Pathological busyness
is where you have too much to do but not enough time to do
- [32:30] The frenetic fast pace
can kill off love, deep relationships, longevity, soul care, and
- [33:56] What we feed we call
forth. Your life is no more than the sum of what you devote your
- [35:03] What we give our time
to is what we will become.
- [36:08] The end of the book is
practical with a step-by-step method.
- [37:22] Life is complex.
Slowing down can be hard. There are practices from the ways of
Jesus that are incredibly effective at slowing down and tapping
into what Jesus called live's that are full.
- [39:07] Followers of Jesus are
usually referred to as disciples or family. A better translation
for disciple might be the word apprentice.
- [41:01] To apprentice under
Jesus is to organize your life around three basic goals. Be with
Jesus. Become like Jesus. Do what he would do if he were
- [43:03] This practice has been
life-changing for John and his family. They have a full day
together every week with the phones off.
- [45:28] It's created a space
for his family to be together and be happier.
- [47:53] John loves potato hash
at Proud Mary.
- [49:40] Friendship is the mix
of vulnerability and accountability.
- [50:36] John shares who could
play him in a movie.
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