Do you view yourself as a spiritual settler, a wanderer, a pilgrim or an exile? None of the above? All of the above?
I would like to propose a new rule: the only church leaders who are allowed to complain about church-hopping congregants are those who have been with their church for at least 7 years. Agree or disagree? Why?
I have been hitting “repeat” on Audra Lynn’s song Psalm of Abraham all day. Do you ever get locked on a song?
The local Barnes & Noble and Borders are carrying an ever- increasing number of Christian (CBA) fiction titles. Yesterday, I paid a my first visit to our local chain Christian bookstore and discovered miles of shelves full of trade paperbacks full of historical and contemporary romances, Amish-themed stories, and “cozy mysteries”. (Do your toes curl under from the sticky sweetness of that genre name?) It’s been a while (OK, it’s been five years) since I’ve shopped in a mainstream Christian bookstore. I knew the data about growth in Christian fiction – including those cozy mysteries – but somehow seeing the data in person, lined up on all those shelves, gave me a sobering jolt.
Is there a food you could eat every day? For me, it’s pasta…and hummus. (Not at the same time, thank you.) I’ll have my opportunity to dine on hummus every day next week in the Holy Land. Bill has his second Caspari Center board meeting in Jerusalem. They’ll be prayerfully discussing some cool new ministry initiatives, among other things. I am going along to pray, to spend a day working in the offices, to connect with a variety of people. We’re both going, most of all, to listen and learn. God’s heartbeat is amplified in that place like nowhere else on earth.
Bill and I would value your prayers for safety, for meaningful connections, and that our souls stay ravenous to listen and obey every word our Father speaks.