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About John Johnson

John Johnson is the lead pastor at Village Church in Portland, OR and Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Western Seminary. He also has a strong commitment to building the church worldwide, partnering and teaching ministries in Lebanon and India.

Dec
01

The Golden Rule and Hookup Culture

Couple in row boat

I have been preaching through the book of Proverbs, covering numerous themes from words to relationships to sex. Sex is a significant theme in the wisdom literature (as it seems to be in most writings). Recently, I unpacked (maybe “undressed” is more relevant term here) Proverbs 7. I am always surprised at the number of…
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Nov
10

Locos Tacos and the Church

Doritos Locos Tacos

If only I had bought stock in Frito-Lay in the late 50’s, early 60’s, when it was the Frito Company and my dad was a sales driver. For a few years, I spent my summer riding the route and working with dad, delivering Fritos and a few other marginal products. Eventually, Frito’s corn chips and…
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Oct
31

Where Was God?

mountain valley

If you can, try to place yourself in my shoes last Saturday. It is 11:35 in the morning, and you are standing in order to make room for others to find a seat. It is a memorial service, and almost every chair is taken. People have come to grieve, and it is a severe grief.…
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Jul
02

Thinking Through Ministry and This Strange Thing Called Growth

Illustration of child measuring tree

Back in 1988, Kent Hughes, then an emerging pastor, was part of planting a new church. All the signs were positive. The mother church endorsed the project, and Kent was an up-and-coming star. The community was strategically targeted, and a solid core was part of the initial foundation. As he put it, “We had everything…
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Jun
25

Reflecting On Peterson (Part One)

Page of notes.

Sometime in the late eighties, when I was slogging my way through my first senior pastorate, I was introduced to Eugene Peterson. I don’t remember how I got on to his books, but I read Working the Angles, and I was hooked. His opening words stopped me in my tracks—“American pastors are abandoning their posts,…
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