Posted On September 18, 2017

Seven Questions about Books, Life, and Ministry with Jason Garwood

by | Sep 18, 2017 | Seven Questions about Books, Featured

Let’s start out by telling our readers a little about you. (Current ministry context, family, joys in life, etc.)

My name is Jason, and I serve as the teaching pastor and church planter at Cross & Crown Church, located in Northern Virginia. As I type this, we’re closing on our house in Michigan, and moving to VA to plant this new endeavor! For the past 6 ½ years I served as the Lead Pastor of Colwood Church in Caro, Michigan, and after sensing God’s call to plant, we decided to step out in faith and go for it. Thankfully Colwood and a couple other churches have stepped up to act in a “sending” capacity!

The best part of my life, however, is my family. My beloved wife’s name is Mary, and we’ve been covenanted together for eleven years. We have three kids, Elijah (9), Avery (6), and Nathan (4). We enjoy video games, parks, and being outside!

As for my joys in life, I’ve been blessed with a wonderful family and an exciting calling. My purpose is to teach and preach the Word of God and help people apply the crown rights of King Jesus in all areas of life.

What are you reading right now?

I’m reading quite a few different books right now: Law and Liberty by R.J. Rushdoony, Brainwashed by Ben Shapiro, Christianity, and Idealism by Cornelius Van Til, God Is by Mark Jones and a biography of Oliver Cromwell written by John Morrill. I’m also working my way through Rushdoony’s Institutes of Biblical Law Vol. 1 and his Systematic Theology.

What are some books you regularly re-read and why?

I’ve only read a handful of books twice or more. Doug Wilson’s books I read several times because they are funny and winsome. I enjoy a little snark from time to time.

What biographies or autobiographies have you read recently?

I am reading one on Cromwell (as I just mentioned), and I also just read Magnolia Story by the Gaines’. One of my favorite autobiographies that I finished this summer was The Great Good Thing by Andrew Klavan.

Speaking of biographies and such, is there any particular one that has influenced you a great deal in your faith?

I’ve read different biographies of the Reformers, but certainly, Calvin’s life has meant a lot to me personally.

If you were sitting down with a fellow believer and they asked for your top five book recommendations on Christian living, what would they be?

  • Revolt Against Maturity by R.J. Rushdoony
  • Anything by Francis Schaeffer
  • The Mission of God by Joe Boot
  • That You May Prosper by Ray Sutton
  • Restoring America One County at a Time by Joel McDurmon

What books have molded how you to serve and lead others in the gospel? 

Proverbs.
Anything by Gary North, RJ Rushdoony, and Greg Bahnsen.

Finally, let’s conclude with this question. What are you learning about life and daily following Jesus?

I’m learning a lot right now on how to think covenantally about everything in life. I’m learning how to apply the presuppositional approach to the Word of God to politics, business, education, church, and family. Following Jesus isn’t meant to be a pie in the sky piety, but a real-life, real-world obedience to the law of God. I could write a lot more, but I’ll spare the reader. In short: love God, love others, obey His word to do so.

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