Welcome to the sixth-sixth episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins interviews Paul Gilbert about his book Letting Go: Rugged Love for Wayward Souls (Zondervan, 2016).

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Paul’s life, ministry, marriage, and his current ministry projects.
  • What defines a wayward person.
  • Some common behaviors of wayward people and what they want.
  • Some unhealthy patterns of relating to wayward people, what they are, and how parents should relate instead.
  • What Paul means by “love does not enable sinful behavior” and a better way to engage as parents.
  • What Paul means by the term “rugged love” in practice.
  • The role of forgiveness and finding ways to intentionally forgive.
  • How God pursues us by releasing us.
  • How rugged love relates to the parable of the Prodigal Son.
  • The role of the local church in loving a wayward person.

About the Author:

Paul Gilbert is the Lead Pastor of Four Oaks Community Church. Paul received has an MDiv and an MA from Reformed Theological Seminary in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family from Florida State University.  He has studied extensively on the subject of forgiveness and family systems. Paul currently serves on the board of Am I Called Ministries and lives in Tallahassee, FL with his wife, Susan, and their four children.

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