#275: The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry with John Mark Comer

In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, Doug Smith interviews John Mark Comer, Author of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry and pastor of Bridgetown Church in Portland, Oregon. In the episode, you’ll hear Doug and John Mark discuss the importance of the sabbath, how to work from rest, and having a proper view of success.

About John Mark Comer

Author John Mark Comer lives, works, and writes in the urban core of Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Tammy, and their three children, Jude, Moses, and Sunday. 

He is the pastor for teaching and vision at Bridgetown Church soon to be transitioning to lead a new non-profit Practicing The Way. 

Prior to planting Bridgetown, John Mark was the lead pastor of a suburban megachurch. Before that, he played in a band. John Mark has a master’s degree in biblical and theological studies from Western Seminary and is the author of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, God Has a Name, Garden City & Loveology. His next book is due out 9/28 entitled Live No Lies: Recognize and Resist the Three Enemies That Sabotage Your Peace.

For more of John Mark’s teachings on the Scriptures, Jesus, and life, go to bridgetown.church and sign up for the podcast or visit www.johnmarkcomer.com.




6 Key Take-Aways From Episode 274.

  1. John Mark discusses “pleasure-stacking” on the Sabbath and his journey toward making the weekly sabbath a lifestyle.
  2. Comer talks about how painful it was for him to live the life of hurry.
  3. The levels of belief:
    1. What we say we believe
    2. What we think we believe
    3. What we really believe (Our true/core beliefs)
  4. Proper decision-making: Don’t make decisions from exhaustion, but with much rest and waiting. Comer also discuss how decisions should be made in community.
  5. John Mark shares his thoughts on success – what it looks like.
  6. In the digital age, we have to take digital Sabbath very seriously.


The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer

Loveology by John Mark Comer

Garden City by John Mark Comer

God Has a Name by John Mark Comer

Bridgetown Church


“Hurry is the great enemy. Let’s slow down, be present to what is, and then the practice of it.” -John Mark ComerClick To Tweet
“The most important thing in life is who I become through union with Jesus and the relationships I form and forge along the way.” -John Mark ComerClick To Tweet
“That painful work of what felt like humiliation at the time was really the seeds of my liberation. As some would say, breakthroughs often start with breakdowns. ” -John Mark ComerClick To Tweet
“As a leader, make decisions slowly over a long period of time with community, with much waiting on God and from a place of rest and peace, not exhaustion and fear” -John Mark ComerClick To Tweet
“We make decisions in communities. We’re big believers in communal discernment. You don’t make any of these decisions alone.” -John Mark ComerClick To Tweet
“Don’t make decisions when you’re exhausted or scared, make them when you’re rested and at peace before God and surrender to him.” -John Mark ComerClick To Tweet
“I hate all my favorite failures and yet deeply grateful for what God has done through them.” -John Mark ComerClick To Tweet



Doug is the Director of Development at Light of Life Rescue Mission and Founder and CEO of L3 Leadership. He is the author of his eBook, “Making the Most of Mentoring”, a step by step guide to help you build and cultivate relationships with mentors. He blogs at dougsmithlive.com, he is the host of the L3 Leadership podcast, and he is sought after public speaker.  He is married to his high school sweetheart, Laura, who currently works as an Account Executive at Ivalua. Together, they love family, personal growth, travel, working out, and serving others.


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