No posts in quite some time! Sorry, especially to those of you who spent the last week in the frozen north country. Julie and I were visiting friends near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and I stayed off the internet (including email) the entire time. And off my phone. It was wonderful. So I was faced with difficult decisions each day like, should I lay on the beach or walk into town for a cup of coffee? (Coffee usually won out, which will come as no surprise to those of you who know me.)
Also no surprise to those who know me will be the fact that out of that week, I had some great conversations about the church, mission, and how to reach various cultures with the good news of Jesus. I also did some interesting reading that will no doubt make it onto this blog very soon.
For the moment let me recommend the book Permanent Revolution by Alan Hirsch and Tim Catchim. I'm only about a third of the way through it but if you're involved in church leadership in any way, this is going to be an important read for you. It's thick slogging with lots of heady language and abstract concepts, but stick with it and you'll find your thoughts about church leadership stretched. After you order the book but before it arrives (assuming you're not like all those people by the pool with digital devices where they can order a book and then read it within a few minutes -- that is so wrong) spend a few hours reading and studying Ephesians 4. That's the chapter that this tome lasers in on.