Dr. Jeremiah Johnston welcomes guest Warren Cole Smith, vice president of Mission Advancement at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. A seasoned writer and Christian leader, Smith shares what he’s learned by working in publications and ministry, and as a husband and father.
Reflecting on his career path, he reminisces about educational and vocational choices along the way. He advises, “Go through the door that’s open in front of you. Every step of the way I was learning, growing, and developing. Praying and getting counsel has been really important in helping me know what the right next step was.”
Smith says he pursued his passions and found that doing what God put on his heart was a blessing to others too. “Books had an impact on me; they moved me, instructed me, and discipled me,” he says. “You really have to be discerning about what God is calling you to and match that up.”
In his book, “Restoring All Things: God’s Audacious Plan to Change the World Through Everyday People,” Smith and his co-author, John Stonestreet, give examples of God working through regular people in extraordinary ways.
“Someone once told me that the Bible was written by three murderers: Moses, David, and Paul,” Smith says. “You might think that what you’ve done makes you unfit for service, but listen, God only uses broken vessels. We wanted to motivate an army of little platoons – men and women in their local communities who are doing work for the Kingdom. We are all called to some aspect of God’s great restoration work in the world.”
With other people and with one’s family members, Smith says that humility goes a long way. “Don’t be afraid to say you’re sorry,” he says. “I think it enhances our credibility when we’re able to say, ‘I don’t have all the answers.’”
Warren Cole Smith is vice president of Mission Advancement at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. An inspired writer, he is an author, co-author, and editor. Smith is also a speaker and radio personality.