A Different Question
The temptations of Jesus are dramatic, mysterious, and rich with content that has fueled many books and sermons. But unlike most of these works which (often appropriately) sound the alarm in order to warn us of the dangers of temptation, I want to consider its benefits.
As a practitioner of community restoration, Nathan Oates shows how the only remedy potent enough to heal consumerism’s destructive influence on our hearts, our families, our churches, and our cities, is the ancient Benedictine vow of stability. He argues that movement that heals is rooted in an immovable commitment to a people, a place, and a purpose. Embracing stability, he says, is the path to restoration. This book draws from some of the best works on Benedictine spirituality and also from Nathan’s personal experiences living with monks.
"Nathan Oates is a modern prophet who has written a refreshing and important book. He does more than offer a critique of modern culture. Indeed, drawing upon the Bible and visions of St. Benedict, Oates shows us ways to reject toxic consumerism and replace it with a life-giving work of restoration." Rev. Dr. Lyle Dorsett, Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism (ret) at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama
“So much of what we hope and pray for isn’t impossible, but depends on people and communities that have established roots of love and can bear fruit in due season. I’m so grateful for a pastor like Nathan Oates who sees the practice of stability as essential not only for his own well being, but for the life of beloved communities that can be good news for the world.” Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author of The Wisdom of Stability
"Nathan Oates is a brilliant student and practitioner, a souled-sage who mines the depths of Christian history and tradition bringing new worth to our times. This book is a treasure, and anyone who submits to the wisdom inside will rise healthier and holier.” Rev. Dr. David McDonald, Founder, Fossores Chapter House, Pastor, Westwinds Church in Jackson, Michigan
“Tucked away in Lincoln California is a brilliant, wise, prophetic leader who sees differently, speaks authentically, and shepherds humbly. He has the gift of bringing the ancient to life today. He is one of my most valued guides. As someone who has been at the same place for 35 years, I’ve experienced the challenges and benefits of staying…on our ministry, on my family, on my growth. I highly urge your consideration of this amazing text that will challenge you to be fully present and fully invested where you are…for the long haul.” Dr. Rob Ribbe, Director, HoneyRock Center for Leadership Development and Assistant Professor, Wheaton College
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Nathan Oates writes, speaks, and serves as lead pastor of Emmaus Church Community, which he started with his wife, kids, and a few friends in 2004. For more than a decade, he has been captivated by the Rule of St. Benedict, focusing on how the Benedictine vow of stability can restore the North American church. Nathan holds a masters degree in spiritual formation from Wheaton College. He lives in Northern California with his wife Carmen, his three kids, and a dog named True.
Listen to Nathan discuss STABILITY on the following podcasts:
REBEL & CREATE WITH NED SCHAUT
ENGLEWOOD BOOK REVIEW WITH JEN POLLOCK MICHEL
LIFE ENCHANTED WITH NICK CARLILE
FOSSORES CHAPTER HOUSE WITH DR. DAVID MCDONALD
RELIGIOUS WITH REV. JEFF BASSETT
GOSPEL FOR LIFE WITH DARRYL DASH
ALL THINGS WITH SHEMA CENTER FOR CHRISTIAN FORMATION