Mike Ruffin, a religion columnist for The Thomaston Times, recently wrote and published his own book entitled, “The Limp is Mightier than the Strut, and other Sermons.”
Prior to writing for the paper, Ruffin served in pastoral ministry for 30 years. He recently moved back to his family farm in Yatesville after he retired as Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Fitzgerald. He is a graduate of Mercer University and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and currently serves as a Curriculum Editor for Smyth and Helwys Publishing in Macon.
His book includes a collection of 21 sermons. Ruffin noted while each one is different from the next, they all share several commonalities.
“As you read these sermons you will likely perceive that certain themes present themselves consistently. Those themes include the struggle to follow Christ well, the call to selflessness, service, and sacrifice that is placed upon the Christ-follower’s life,” said Ruffin. “They also include the themes of the value of embracing and living into our common humanity, the tension between the real and the ideal for the Christian who takes both Earth and Heaven seriously, the power in living openly and vulnerably before God and before each other, and the centrality to our discipleship of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I will be pleased if in your reading of these sermons you are led to think about the place those themes have in shaping your following of Jesus Christ.”
Those interested in purchasing a copy of Ruffin’s book can do so through his website, www.MichaelRuffin.com or through other online booksellers, such as Amazon.com.
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