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Occupation  author
Name  John Eldredge
Role  Author


Born  June 6, 1960 (age 55) (1960-06-06) Los Angeles, U.S.
Education  California Polytechnic State University, Colorado Christian University
Books  Wild at Heart, The ransomed heart, Captivating, Beautiful Outlaw, Waking the Dead: The Glory of a

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John Eldredge (born June 6, 1960 in Los Angeles) is an American author, counselor, and lecturer on Christianity. He is known for his bestselling book Wild at Heart.


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Life and Work of John Eldredge

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Eldredge describes himself, "I’m 55. I live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. My wife Stasi and I have three sons. My graduate degree is in counseling. Professionally, I’m a writer and a speaker. I don’t pastor. I’m not a preacher. I don’t have a church that I lead."

While living in Los Angeles Eldredge was looking for a "worldview." After exploring other religions, Eastern mysticism, Lao-Tzu, and New Age spirituality, he discovered the writings of Francis Schaeffer, whom he calls one of the best philosophers of the 20th century. Through Schaeffer, Eldredge came to Christ and later to the church. He eventually got a master's degree in counseling and practiced in Colorado Springs before working for Focus on the Family, where he served as Senior Fellow for Christian Worldview.

John received his undergraduate degree in theater from California Polytechnic University (Pomona) and his MA in biblical counseling from Colorado Christian University under the direction of Dr. Larry Crabb and Dr. Dan Allender. Prior to joining Focus on the Family in 1988, John served for five years on the staff of Sierra Madre Congregational Church in Southern California.

In July 2000, John left Focus on the Family, where he worked for 12 years, to launch Ransomed Heart Ministries. John travels extensively in the U.S. and abroad. John, his wife, Stasi, and their three sons live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In addition to publishing many books, he has produced three videos: Risky Business: A Look at Gambling, Whatever Happened to Marriage?: A Look at Divorce, and Created Different?: A Look at Homosexuality.

Ministry and Message of John Eldredge

John Eldredge's theology can be ascertained through the reading of his various books as well as listening to his various podcasts and teaching series via Ransomed Heart Ministries of which he is the president. Eldredge has stated that his goal, above all else, is to "recover the treasure of the Gospel. [He] wants to see it restore the lives of men and women deeply, heal them as men and women, and then through that restoration and through the recovery of the gospel teach them how to walk intimately with God."

Eldredge believes that the Gospel, as presented by most Christians, misses the fact that there is a "Larger Story." The reality of a love story set in an epic battle for the hearts of mankind and that we, if we chose to follow Christ, have a role to play in it is largely absent from the Gospel as most Christians see it. Another aspect missing from the Gospel is that, according to Eldredge, most Christian's see the offer of the Gospel as simply forgiveness of sins and a ticket to heaven. The thought of the Gospel as something that through the "full Work of Christ" (his death, resurrection, and ascension) has a real impact now on this side of heaven is missing from many Christian's minds. The idea of both forgiveness AND deliverance from sin and the works of the devil through the crucifixion, the offer of life and the availability to a become a new creature that does not desire to sin and has a good heart through the resurrection, and a real authority of the believer through the ascension seems to take a back seat in the theology of too many Christians in Eldredge's mind. In a phrase, John Eldredge sees the Gospel as a Gospel of Restoration. He sees the miracles of Christ primarily being examples of life in the Kingdom of God, a picture of what it looks like when true restoration happens which is available in the partial here and now and will ultimately be fulfilled at the "Restoration of All Things," as coined by Christ in the book of Matthew. He does not see the miracles of Christ as random proofs that He was the Son of God, though he would not deny that they serve that purpose also.

Eldredge believes two things have been lost by many that have contributed to the loss of the treasure of the gospel. One is that conversational intimacy is available to the people of God. Because of the loss of this, God for most Christians is distant and is served in duty. Second is that there is a real enemy and a real battle going on around us. Warfare is, according to Eldredge, assumed by Scripture and the loss of this causes the "problem" of Theodicy.

What is core to Eldredge's theology is that Men and Women are the Imago Dei, meaning they are created in the image of God. For him, based on Genesis 1:27, the core of what it means to be image bearers is found in gender. God created mankind in His image as male and female. Therefore, the rescuing the heart of masculinity and femininity is central to the theology of Eldredge.

In terms of practical ministry, Eldredge and Ransomed Heart Ministries are interested in three things: 1) crawl, walk, run with God; 2) stay small; 3) follow the Wild Goose. Eldredge and his team do not operate as with a five-year plan and barely have a one-year plan. They operate in such a way that most of their meetings "operational/director meetings" are spent praying, listening to God, and interacting with each other on what God is leading them to do. This leads into the second part which is staying small. Eldredge and his team have turned down several offers that would have grown their ministry to a large scale organization and even placed them on television. Though they at first were attracted to it, Eldredge and his team recognized that it would fundamentally change them and their ministry to do this. So they turned them down. Instead, they have operated in a way that gives the message away. They welcome other people doing things that they do (such as retreats and small groups and ministries) without their involvement. They see themselves as a part of the tip of the sword, but not even the whole tip and definitely not the whole sword and are happy to give the message away. Following the Wild Goose is a phrase native to the early Celtic Christian movement. They referred to the Holy Spirit as the Wild Goose that is always meant to be pursued and followed but never "figured out." So, Eldredge and his team take this approach to walking with the Holy Spirit.

Ransomed Heart Ministries is not a donor-driven ministry.

Theology of John Eldredge

This next section will go through the primary theological positions of Eldredge based on his works and podcast teachings. Each section will look at the basic message of the position all drawn from a specific book and/or podcast.

The Large Story

All information is drawn from Epic: The Story God Is Telling by John Eldredge. Citations will be included at the bottom of each paragraph.

Eldredge is a proponent of understanding one's life in the context of a larger story.


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