Each of the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) records a private exchange between Jesus and the disciples. It began with a question for which the disciples have often been criticized. In Matthew 18:1 the disciples asked Jesus, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
This volume upholds a bright burning torch, one that sheds Biblical light upon our full calling under God, for which all of us shall be held accountable before His throne, for to whom much is given, much shall be required.
It is hard to describe Jean-Marc Berthoud, because his prolific and wide-ranging work of more than twenty books was done outside an official ministry or a professorship at a seminary, and he is not a professional writer living off the sale of his books and giving conferences.
This article of appreciation is to be about Jean-Marc, not myself, but even so, I will have to make some personal references in hopes of shining light on the combined Patristic/Medieval/Reformational and post-Enlightenment magisterial quality of the thought and almost universal grasp of all the issues that matter most for the well-being of humanity and the glory of God.