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Portrait of Integrity: The Life of Ray C. Stedman [Paperback]

By Mark S. Mitchell (Author)
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Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.04" Width: 5.24" Height: 0.64"
Weight:   0.67 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2004
Publisher   Discovery House Publishers
ISBN  1572931167  
EAN  9781572931169  

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Ray Stedman's preeminent goal was to be a faithful steward of the gifts God had given him. By examining the life of this remarkable but very human man, you will find lessons and applications for your own life.

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The Life of Ray C. Stedman is captured in this compelling portrait of revolutionary pastor.
 Ray Stedman is one of the foremost pastors and biblical expositors of the twentieth century. Ray's message of authentic Christianity continues to revolutionize the lives of countless individuals and churches worldwide.

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Ray Stedman's preeminent goal was to be a faithful steward of the gifts God had given him. By examining the life of this remarkable but very human man, you will find lessons and applications for your own life.
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Mark S. Mitchell has been the teaching pastor at Central Peninsula Bible Church on the San Francisco Peninsula since 1986. He is a graduate of Denver Seminary and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Lynn, have three children and live in Los Altos, California. His thriving ministry is an outgrowth of Ray Stedman's ground-breaking Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, California.

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Modern Day Apostle  Aug 15, 2008

The author, Mark S. Mitchell, paints a vivid picture of a contemporary Christian, flaws included, whose life's adventure took him from rural North Dakota around the world and back. Ray Stedman's faith colored his journey from farm boy to pastor of a California church that is still making a difference in people's lives today. Ray's portrait could be entitled. "Well done, good and faithful servant."
Portrait of Integrity: The Life of Ray C. Stedmanm  Mar 8, 2007
This book is a beautifully written account of the life of an amazing man. I only recently learned of him, and I thoroughly reading his writings.
Review of   Sep 17, 2006
I very much enjoyed reading this book.

In looking at some of the other reviews, too, I am not sure I see the point of Mr. Harding's comments. Instead of the pot calling the kettle black is it not more appropriate for men like Harding to be building up the remnant instead of fault-finding those of God's servants who have gone home for a perfect assessment of their lives by our Lord.

For Mr. Harding who was not in leadership at Peninsula Bible Church and did not even know Mr. Stedman's family intimately, to discuss Ray's family in a book review is very inappropriate. However, since he brought this up, the very trials that Mr. Stedman and his family encountered were the very things that made Mr. Stedman the man he was and the " cracked clay pot" - cracked through the circumstances of life, that Christ could be seen through, and made the message he was preaching of "Christ in you, the hope of glory" transparent and real.

A major focus of Ray was to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. To understand that Christ is the Head and we are His Body, with each member gifted by Him and filled by His Spirit, when we choose to allow Him, made Peninsula Bible Church one of the most Spirit filled Churches I have seen.

No church is perfect, nor is any leader perfect. Ray Stedman would have been the first to admit this. That was one of the refreshing parts of Mr. Mitchell's biography in that he did not try to hide any parts of Ray's life or ministry. The point of the book and Ray's ministry is summed up in 2 Cor 3:4-6, "Not that we are competent of ourselves, but our competency comes from God, who has made us ministers of the New Covenant." You see, Ray felt that it was truly everything coming from God and, nothing coming from us, as it is God who provides the competency and all we do is just show up and allow Him to use us in whatever circumstances we are in.

I want to thank Mr. Mitchell for researching the material for this book so carefully and for writing this book about this man, Ray Stedman, who J. I Packer put in the following company, "throughout the Christian centuries, from Cystostom and Augustine through Luther, Calvin and Matthew Henry, to Martyn Lloyd-Jones and Ray Stedman, working pastors have been proving themselves to be the best of all Bible expositors."

To be included in such company is high praise indeed, not that Ray needed it or would want it. As Howard Hendricks said, "Ray was a much more important leader in evangelicalism than most Christians would know, because of his incredible humility. He was never a self-promoter. He never sought high positions. But everywhere I go to this day when I mention Ray Stedman's name I get an incredible response. He would be a candidate, in my mind, for a position on the Mount Rushmore of evangelicals."

Again, I would highly recommend this book to anyone, and to read more about Ray or read his sermons, please visit his website at [...]

Jimmy Stewart
Ray Stedman and PBC  Aug 24, 2006
I attended Ray Stedman's church for 16 years from 1972 to 1988. Thank God for Ray Stedman and his many fine sermons that can be found on his web page mentioned by Lambert Dolphin above. Mark Mitchell has done a fine job with this book on one of the leading conservative Bible expositors in America.

I write this review from my own rather unique point of view. I was particularly interested in Mr. Mitchell's treatment of Ray's emotional problems which became appearant to me the first day I attended PBC. At that time the Jesus Movement was at it's peak and PBC was filled with people from every description and background. For me the audience was the most appealing aspect of the church. Obviously 50% of them were new converts to Christ and the atmosphere was exciting. Then to be a Christian was to be a member of the world wide body of Christ and alive in the Spirit.

10 years later the atmosphere had changed radically. The attitudes were not open and focused on the whole body but narrowly focused on the church in Palo Alto. Other churches were viewed with suspicion and ridicule. This was due largely for two reasons: 1. Dallas Theological Seminary's (from which Ray and other pastors had graduated) theology was very negative towards Spirit-filled Christians and 2. Stedman's family problems had become worse.

It was sickening for me to see a great ministry decline due to the emotional problems of the leadership that were not being addressed by the elders. Any new ideas became a threat to the leadership. Being a pastor is one of the most isolating jobs there is and being a highly respected one like Ray was, brought even more of that. It was a very frustrating situation to deal with and very saddening. Most people dealt with it through flattery which is not Christ's love. My heart went out to him and to his wife and daughters who must have suffered a great deal under his emotional denial.

This is such a difficult but common occurance in the ministry and other professions that I have written some software to help people deal with it. [...]

For some people this is a very negative thing to deal with but dealing with it in love is one of the costs of discipleship.
Another Amazing Man from the WWII Generation  Apr 22, 2005
Author Mark Mitchell creates a vivid image of the life of Ray Stedman, yet another compelling and interesting character from the "Greatest Generation." Not that a potential reader should confuse this as a book about war or soldiers--from from it. It simply strikes me, having just finished the biography, that Ray Stedman's rise from the humblest and most difficult beginnings, followed by a pioneering career in pastoral service and biblical studies, parallels many of the other great individual accomplishments of the WWII generation. It continually amazes me how so many men and women of this generation rose up from nothing during very trying times (WWII, the great depression) to accomplish great things against even greater odds. I wish I'd met this guy!!

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