David Gwartney grew up in Tallahassee, Florida. He met his wife, Tiffany, in Orlando, Florida and spent the next thirteen years living in Chicago, Illinois. While in Chicago, he earned his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and then planted a church in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of the city. He currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.
There are a couple of things that engage his mind and stir his passions. The first is theology. It is one of those lifetime pursuits for which he will never figure out all the answers, but the journey is fun. He also loves traveling to places where ancient history can be experienced face to face alongside different cultures, both ancient and modern. His travels have taken him to such places as Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Greece, and Turkey. Finally, he spends his free time reading and writing about the first two.
When did you first start writing?
As a pastor, I wrote sermon outlines, but I always felt like there was so much more to explore in any given topic. There was one series I had taught a couple of time, and even after teaching through it more than once, I still had ideas bouncing around in my head on the topic. Then on a trip to Israel with a couple of good friends, one of these friends encouraged me to start writing. I came home and began writing my first book, Ten Essential Words, where I really took a comprehensive look at the Ten Commandments and their relevance for today's world. I've been writing ever since.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are several authors that I love to read for different reasons. Brennan Manning, who recently passed away, has probably influenced me as much as anyone. His writing really reaches deep inside me and brings out emotions and insights that tend to get pushed aside. N.T. Wright and Dallas Willard bring an intellectual approach to the Bible and to faith that I really resonate with. Bruce Feiler's books on exploring the actual places and sites of the Old Testament hit close to one of my biggest passions: traveling to places rich with Biblical history.
Ephesus was one of the most influential cities in the Roman Empire. It also served as a base of operations for the Apostle Paul’s ministry to Asia Minor. So when Paul wrote Ephesians, he wrote to a city that he knew would influence the entire region. The Greco-Roman culture of the city emerges when we understand Paul’s purpose and audience in this comprehensive study of the book of Ephesians.
The Fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians refers to the virtuous actions that characterize those who follow Jesus. But are these qualities that we can nurture within ourselves or are they simply qualities that God forms within us? This brief study examines each piece of fruit for its biblical meaning and modern application. It is also a great tool for personal devotion or group study.
Can the relevancy of the Christian faith and the answers to so many complex questions we face today be as simple as getting back to some of the basic tenants of the faith? This book attempts to reclaim the original intent of the Ten Commandments given in their ancient context and brings them forward as a healthy and relevant way to live in today’s world. The answers may surprise you.
In Your Wildest ...
on Oct. 06, 2013
In Your Wildest... recounts the events of author Joe Grier from his beginnings playing in a rock band to his introduction to the beginnings of the Jesus People movement. He joins up with the traveling Jesus People movement, which takes him from the midwestern United States to the west coast, and eventually throughout Europe, India, and the Philippines. Along the way are incredible accounts of how the Jesus People introduced the Gospel to many towns in Europe and India.
The book gives fascinating insight into the culture of the 1970s and the impact and growth of the Jesus People. Grier does a great job of bringing the reader along with him and his many adventures. His writing is accessible, bringing the reader into his experiences of sharing the Gospel with people from all walks of life. Grier's heart also comes through in his writing, as it is evident that his journeys originates from his own true encounter with God, and not simply from an opportunity to travel the world. His accounts of the obstacles he faced and the necessity to live by faith gives evidence to this.
The book is engaging and the reader will quickly find him or herself anticipating what the next chapter will bring, making it an enjoyable read.