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Michael A. Milton (Ph.D., University of Wales; MPA, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; MDiv, Knox Theological Seminary; D.Min., Erskine Seminary; postgraduate certification, higher education teaching, Harvard University) is a Presbyterian minister (PCA), educator, retired Army Chaplain (Colonel), composer, and author of more than thirty books. Mike Milton is the Distinguished Professor of Missions and Evangelism at Erskine Theological Seminary. In 2013 he was named President of the D. James Kennedy Institute. His record of service includes founding three churches (KS, GA, NC), a Christian school, senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, Command Chaplain of US Military Intelligence (Reserve), the fourth Chancellor-President of Reformed Seminary, and a composer and recording artist for five albums. Retired from the pastorate, he maintains a ministry of writing, counseling, and broadcasting. The parents to eight adult children, recipient of the Legion of Merit and the Order of the Longleaf Pine (NC public service), Dr. Milton and his wife reside in the mountains of Western North Carolina. He is a painter. Milton's art is displayed at https://www.artpal.com/mamilton.
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“Always preach to broken hearts and you will never lack for a congregation,” an old saying goes. And for that reason, this book is for everyone—because there are many, many things that break our hearts. Sicknesses, spiritual depression, disabilities, painful memories, strained relationships . . . all of these weigh on Christians’ hearts at one time or another. And even when our hearts feel light, there is a longing that runs through us—a crying of the soul for eternity, for a new heavens and a new earth.
Yet even in the midst of our heartache, we know there is a faith that comes from Jesus Christ that not only encourages us through our pain, but can even transform our pain . . . as long as we let it. And here is a collection of warm, pastoral messages, filled with personal illustration, that does just that: helps the broken-hearted Christian to locate the God of all comfort in the center of all pain.
We are not left there, either; Mike Milton takes us a step further to see how the gospel actually transforms our private pain into personal praise. So read and discover how God uses the things that seek to destroy us to become the very things that bring us salvation, bring us hope, bring us to prayer, bring us together, and ultimately bring us to heaven.
From the theology of being called, to selecting a seminary, to beginning life as a pastor, Michael Milton looks to the Word of God for answers and guidance, as well as drawing on his own experience as a Presbyterian minister.
"My identity is, quite simply, completely related to Jesus Christ. Some reading this will not like my saying that. They will want more. They will want "depth." They will want "irony." But He is all there is to me. I am as deep as this: I have only Him. There is no mystery, irony, or feature about me that is amazing or even interesting but that He chose me and I am His. That is the story of stories as far as I can tell. You need to know that I am not a religious man, as one might think of that term, even though I am an ordained Presbyterian minister. I am simply a disciple, a follower of Jesus of Nazareth. Sometimes I follow him closely and sometimes I don't, to my own hurt and my own shame. But I am His. And He is mine—in the sense that He has given His life to me."
The church is more than a building—it is an assembly of people joined together across distances and even through time to fulfill God’s purposes in the world. Each local gathering of that assembly needs a vision to help its members accomplish the work God has called them to do.
But how do you inspire your church to create and follow through on a vision?
Mike Milton provides tested, biblical ideas to get everyone in the church involved in a plan to help the congregation grow. Each chapter develops an awareness of what needs to be done, provides questions for review, and includes prayers by elders and ministers of churches that have put these ideas to use.
“Mike Milton has brought to the table not only his extensive experience in leadership and lessons learned in pastoral ministry, but more importantly faithful, biblical insights for the spiritual vitality of the church. . . . I’m extremely excited about this resource, which I highly commend to you.”
—Harry L. Reeder III, Senior Pastor, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama
“Instead of doing ministry as everyone else does or as some other stale pattern suggests, why not let the Master of Ministry instruct us? Dr. Milton knows that Master well, and it shows.”
—David W. Hall, Senior Pastor, Midway Presbyterian Church, Powder Springs, Georgia
Michael A. Milton is Chancellor and CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary, where he is also the James M. Baird Jr. Professor of Pastoral Theology. He is the host of the national Bible teaching television program Faith for Living, a songwriter and recording artist, and the author of numerous books. Previously he was the senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
"From Flanders Fields to the Moviegoer is a history of philosophical ethics between the world wars and down to the present. It focuses on the teaching of ethics in the military, with which Milton is especially familiar. . . . I learned much from his descriptions and evaluations. I hope this book gains a broad readership."
--John M. Frame, Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary
"Dr. Michael Milton offers a thoughtful, historical, and logical solution for some major challenges of the twenty-first-century military: suicides are increasing, PTSD is wanton, and modern 'philosophies' are not helping battle-scarred warriors. His proposal to return to a 'transcendent ethic' is convincingly 'on target.'"
--Douglas E. Lee, Chaplain, Brigadier General, US Army (retired); executive director, Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty
"In the end, Milton has successfully pulled from his entire, distinguished career in the academy, church, and military to provide a concise but profound framework to answer the deep ethical questions facing today's military service members--a bright ray of hope for those facing the dark challenges and memories of war."
--Scott Manor, President and Associate Professor of Historical Theology, Knox Seminary
Michael A. Milton is the Provost and James H. Ragsdale Chair of Missions and Evangelism at Erskine Theological Seminary. The former Chancellor-President of Reformed Seminary, Milton is an ordained Presbyterian minister (PCA, ARP) and served as senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, and planted three churches in Kansas, Georgia, and North Carolina, as well as founded a preparatory academy in the Kansas City area. Milton is a retired chaplain (colonel) in the US Army after thirty-two years of service. Among other duties, Milton educated military officers in ethics and related subjects at the Army Chaplain School. Mike and his wife, Mae, reside in North Carolina.
‘It was the sixteenth century Lutheran theologian, David Chytraeus, who first called John 17 ‘‘Jesus’ Sacerdotal Prayer’’. Ever since, we have affectionately called it the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus. It is “holy ground”, for here we eavesdrop on our Lord in tender conversation and supplication with his heavenly Father. John 17 requires careful and sensitive exposition by one who combines a theologian’s acuity and a shepherd’s heart to apply Jesus’ heartfelt pleas for us. Mike Milton combines both of these in abundance. His persuasive passion and eloquent exposition ensure that every page is filled with insight and relevance. This book will bring you to the feet of Jesus in worship and praise.
’Derek W. H. ThomasMinister of Preaching and Teaching, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia SCProfessor of Systematic and Historical Theology, RTS AtlantaEditorial Director, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.
‘John 17 is holy ground because it is the prayer of love and trust that only Jesus Christ our Lord could pray. He offered it in loving submission to his Father as he faced the agonies of the cross, the final altar that would forever and finally declare that God’s love and grace alone can and will save sinners. This deep, deep theology of the deep, deep love of God in Christ is here clearly and passionately unfolded by a masterful scholar and pastor. While no one can see to the bottom of the depths of this vast divine love, Dr Milton’s study will stir passions and reflections to look as far as one can into God’s eternal and infinite love for his people in Christ.’Dr Peter A. LillbackPresident, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia.
Dr Michael Milton is currently President and CEO of Faith for Living.