About Josef Urban (MTS, MDiv)
I'm a Christian, husband, father, lover of the Bible, churchman, lifelong learner of theology, admirer of the Church Fathers, the Reformers and the Puritans, and a preacher of God's Word who is profoundly cognizant of his weakness and shortcomings. I am a pilgrim of the diaspora in Babylon, the chief of sinners saved by sovereign grace. I think there is not one who has out-sinned me; I am not worthy to be called a slave of God, let alone a son. Christ alone is my only hope, my only boast, my greatest treasure and chief delight. I'm a follower of the Lamb not because I'm somebody special, not because I have achieved some great thing, and not because I can attach academic letters after my name. I confess and follow Jesus Christ the Son of God because He is worthy, plus He created me, cares for me, redeemed me, and washed me from my sins in His own blood. If He did not keep me by His saving power, I would rush headlong into destruction faster than you can blink. I have nowhere else to go but to follow the Lamb wherever He leads me, for He alone has the words of eternal life. Ego eimi doulos Iesou Kristou. But not an unwilling slave; rather, a love-slave.
For some years, I served the Lord in outreach, inner-city evangelism, and open air preaching. For ten years, I served our Lord as a full-time missionary. For eight of those ten years, I served as an under-shepherd of a church I planted in Mexico, which God prospered to grow into seven churches, in spite of me. I hold a Master of Divinity from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and a Master of Theological Studies from Reformed Baptist Seminary. But where there is knowledge, it will pass away when that which is perfect comes. What really matters is that inestimable triad of Christlike virtues: faith, hope, and love; and the greatest of these is love. I do not hold any academic degrees in love, nor have I ever met anyone who has.