Forty years ago Richard Foster and Ron Woodward were key members of the pastoral team here at Newberg Friends Church. During those years Richard nurtured his gift for writing and in particular prepared the manuscript for the book Celebration of Discipline, once named by Christianity Today as one of the ten leading Christian books of the twentieth century. The elders of the church released Richard from his normal responsibilities for a time so he could give full attention to writing that book. Ron Woodward voluntarily picked up the slack during those weeks in order to facilitate Richard’s writing.
This Sunday we have the privilege of hosting both these pastors in our morning worship hour as they reminisce together about their ministry at NFC and share a brief message from Colossians 3. Richard will be in Newberg for a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the publication of his best-selling book, which has blessed and nurtured millions in their faith, showing how God’s grace can take over our lives when we submit to the discipline of the Holy Spirit.