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About Ron Marrs

Ron Marrs is presently an Associate Professor of Youth and Pastoral Ministries and Chairman of the Center for Ministry and Leadership at Western Seminary, Portland, OR. Ron is the leader of the Portland Youth Workers Network. He served at Westwood Baptist Church, a Converge church, for 24.5 years primarily as the youth pastor and then as executive/worship pastor. He has been married to Becky for 35 years, has three children and two grandsons. He is an elder at Hinson Baptist Church. He recently completed doctoral research in which he interviewed 26 people about their rookie youth pastor experiences along with 24 of their supervisors.

Feb
07

6 Most Influential Books: Ron Marrs

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The TransformedBlog asked the faculty of Western Seminary to give a brief list of the most influential books (other than the Bible) that they have read. Dr. Ron Marrs lists his six most influential books. 1.  Knowing God by J.I. Packer By far this book has had the most impact on my life.  The truth of…
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Jan
21

Reflections on the Faith, Work, and Economics Conference

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I recently attended a conference on faith, work, and economics sponsored by the Kern Foundation’s Economic Wisdom Project in Phoenix, AZ.  It was nice to be in 75 degree weather but even better was the valuable input from pastors and seminary professors who gathered from around the United States. The themes of the Project are…
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Dec
17

What the Bible Actually Says About “Calling”

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As a seminary professor, I hear testimonies of “calling” all the time. “I am at seminary because I have been called to __________.” Sometimes the calling is very specific: “I have been called to youth ministry in suburban Portland.”  Or, “I have been called to be a missionary.” Other times, the calling is vague: “I…
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Dec
10

Homosexuality, Sexual Identity, and the Church: A Resource to Consider

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The cultural shift regarding public acceptance of homosexuality has been simultaneously remarkable and troubling. Like it or not, churches will inevitably be thrust into a position where they have to take a stand on this volatile issue, and lest they be caught unprepared they had best get up to speed on the issue and its…
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Nov
21

When Church Leaders Separate: What About the Wives?

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My heart is breaking over the lack of concern for the wives of Christian leaders who are in conflict with a church or Christian organization. I have already written of the poor ways in which churches separate from their leaders. But the damage usually extends beyond the leaders involved. Most of my experience with Christian…
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