Rick Lawrence

Rick Lawrence

Here’s a short description Rick Lawrence gives of himself:

“I’m defined by a truth that overshadows everything in my life: I am ruined by Jesus and ruined for Jesus. I mean, my love for Jesus, and my pursuit of Him, infiltrates every aspect of my identity. When Jesus tells Nicodemus the Pharisee that he “must be born again,” it is (at first) an incredulous statement of fact. But “born again” is my raw necessity—I’m desperate for Him in the same way a man crawling through the desert is desperate for water.

Under that overshadowing truth, I’m a husband to a spitfire wife and father to two delightful girls—every living thing in our home is female (two cats and a dog), except for me and a certain well-endowed Chinese Dwarf Hamster.”

Rick is an award-winning author, journalist, cultural researcher, business leader, and national speaker. He’s been executive editor of GROUP Magazine for 29 years, writing the Trends section of this influential resource for more than two decades, and conducting large-scale social science research projects. He creates and leads experiential and interactive learning events for cultural leaders, parents, and young adults. And he leads the Simply Youth Ministry Conference, a national gathering of ministry professionals who specialize in working with adolescents. Rick has authored hundreds of magazine articles and is the author, co-author, or editor of 38 books and curriculums. His latest books include The Jesus-Centered Life and The Jesus-Centered Life: 40 Devotions for Teenagers (Group); Skin In the Game (Kregel), Shrewd (David C. Cook), Sifted (David C. Cook), and In Pursuit of Jesus, a 10-week experiential journey for adults (Group). He’s the General Editor of the #1 bestselling study Bible The Jesus-Centered Bible, which just won Christian Retailing’s Study/Devotional Bible of the Year award. He’s a consultant to national research organizations and a frequent mainstage conference and workshop speaker. He has been interviewed by scores of national publications and media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Homeword with Jim Burns, Dennis Rainey’s FamilyLife Today, and the Moody radio network, among others.

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