Archive for September, 2006

Toni Clay is an Inspiration

On her blog the other day, Toni listed her all-time favorite books.  I’m not in such a retrospective mood, but I thought I could list my reading list from the last few months.

Good Reads:

Confessions of a Reformission Rev by Mark Driscoll – If you’ve read Blue Like Jazz, then you have some idea of who Mark Driscoll is.  His full name isn’t mentioned, he’s only "Mark the Cussing Pastor."  I’m a fan of this book because Mark is brutally honest about the struggles that his church has gone through.  As someone young in the land o’ ministry, this book feels somewhat like a handbook that I’ll be going back to every few years.

Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell – I would have liked this book if I had read it earlier, but this summer was the perfect time to read it becuase I was able to read the book and then see Rob Bell in person on the "Everything is Spiritual" tour.  Some parts of the book are shallow, others are life-changing, but overall it is a very good read.

In the Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen – Nouwen discusses the temptation of Jesus and some contemporary parallels.  My favorite, aka the one that knocked me over, is the comparison of Jesus turning stones to bread with the temptation to be relevant.  Relevant is a huge buzzword among ministers today, and the need for relevance drives a lot of thinking.  But is relevance what people ultimately need?

Books I Am Currently Reading:

The Radical Reformission by Mark Driscoll

Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis

The Seven Checkpoints by Andy Stanley and Stuart Hall

Books I Started and Couldn’t Finish for One Reason or Another:

A Generous Orthodoxy by Brian McLaren

No Place for Truth by David Wells (not the Red Sox / Padres / Yankee / Blue Jay Pitcher)

The Younger Evangelicals by Robert Webber

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Where Were You?

5 years ago, I went to work like normal at the camp.  Around 8:30, I was rushing home to watch the news.  I spent the rest of the day glued to MSNBC.

Where were you?

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Guess what’s longer

Athens, TX to McAllen, TX -or- Athens, TX to Memphis, TN ?

Most of you would initially think Athens to Memphis must be a far longer journey.  After all, you are travelling through three states and to another part of the country.  But you would be wrong, my friends.  The drive from McAllen to my beloved home of Athens is almost 30 minutes longer than I would have to drive to see Graceland or the Grizzlies.

Erin and I returned from our tour across South Texas and we are glad to be home.  It’s great to see family for a while, but….well, you can finish that sentence.  We had a great visit with our parents, grand-parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, friends, and not-really-friends.  We went to Chuck-E-Cheese, a Football Game, a ridiculous Church service in a coffee shop, a magic show, 1 nice mall, 1 terrible mall, 2 golf courses, and plenty of restaurants.

I went to 5 church services throughout the week, and each one made me miss the crew back here in Athens.  There is nothing like being with your own community.

Last shout out – the new FBC website is up and running.  Check it out.

peace.

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