I just learned that Jerry Bridges passed away last night at the age of 86. What a remarkable Christian man, author, and husband. Continue reading . . .
I just learned that Jerry Bridges passed away last night at the age of 86. What a remarkable Christian man, author, and husband.
I first met Jerry personally when I was pastoring a church in Ardmore, Oklahoma. I can’t recall the precise year, but it was sometime in the late 1980’s. He was on his way to Stillwater, Oklahoma, to visit one of his children who was attending Oklahoma State University (that was ok with me, because Jerry himself attended Oklahoma University!). He called me and asked if we could have lunch. I felt profoundly honored that he would go a bit out of his way and take the time to sit down with me. I’ll never forget the two hours we spent together at a Whataburger, talking about life and God and family.
Jerry was a prolific author. Most of you reading this will probably have read at least one of his books. He wasn’t the sort of writer who, with a single turn of phrase, could send chills down your spine, but he wrote with such clarity and a single-minded focus on Scripture that you couldn’t escape the truth in his words.
Of all that Jerry wrote, two books stand out to me above the others, both of which were published by NavPress (Jerry spent his life and ministry serving with the Navigators). I loved his book, Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God’s Unfailing Love. What a blessing to read such a straightforward portrayal of the grace of God in progressive sanctification. I urge you to get it and dive deeply into what Jerry had to say.
But surely the one book of his that touched me the most, the one that I recommend above all others, is Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts. Jerry’s life wasn’t an ea