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As twenty-first-century Christians, we must relate to the world, but the question is, how do we relate to it? Some Christians are scared, others are simply bewildered, and still others capitulate to the spirit of the age. In Passing Through: Pilgrim Life in the Wilderness, Pastor Jeremy Walker presents the biblical perspective that Christians are pilgrims passing through this fallen world who must cultivate the spirit of holy separation alongside holy engagement as they serve Christ in all their interactions. Unless we embrace this identity, we will lose our way. Reminding us that we need “the Word of God as our map and the Spirit of Christ as our compass,” Pastor Walker clearly presents principles for holy engagement with the world and separation from it for pilgrims on their way home, seeking to glorify the God of their salvation every step of the way.
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Jeremy Walker is a pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church in Crawley, England, author of Life in Christ and The Brokenhearted Evangelist, coauthor of A Portrait of Paul: Identifying a True Minister of Christ.
“From Hebrew prophet to the New Testament sage who wrote Hebrews, from the North African theologian Augustine to the French Reformer John Calvin, God’s people have confessed that they are a pilgrim people. And here, in a brief compass, we find the same truth about our identity in Christ in this world: we are aliens and strangers, those who are 'passing through.' A timely reminder of who the Christian truly is." — Michael A. G. Haykin, professor of church history and biblical spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“It is easy to be either a settler or a tourist. When it comes to our relationship to the world in its current shape, the hardest thing is to be a pilgrim. Passing by the glitz and glamor of Vanity Fair, Jeremy Walker reminds us of the solid joys and lasting pleasures of Zion. This is a book not only to be carefully read, but digested over time.” — Michael S. Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California
“In this thoughtful book, pastor-theologian Jeremy walker invites us to own our identity in Christ as spiritual pilgrims and servants of the true King, who should ever be conforming our lives to the Scriptures under the leadership of the same Holy Spirit who inspired those Scriptures. I recommend Passing Through for personal devotional reading, small-group study, or as a helpful resource for use in discipleship or mentoring relationships.” – Nathan A. Finn, director of The Center for spiritual Formation and Evangelical Spirituality and associate professor of historical theology and Baptist studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
“’In the world, but not of the world.’ We’ve all said it, and we’ve all heard it – many times. But what does it really mean? Avoiding the dangers of isolation, insulation, and inattention, Jeremy Walker provides a reliable and readable guide for the Christian pilgrim passing through this passing world.” – David P. Murray, professor of practical theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary