Limping Into the New Year — A Christmas Diagnosis

foot x-ray

I am limping out of 2014 and into 2015. One week ago today, I had foot surgery, and I’m just now able to put weight on that foot. I’ll be in a boot for several more weeks as the bone that was cut regrows around the pins that should now keep it straight.

I am also limping out of the year spiritually.

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Peace in Platte

Platte paper

I’m back in South Dakota for a few days. It’s the last hunt of the year. My buddies and I made the front page of the paper on opening weekend. Here’s the whole front page, a nice slice of small town life:

Platte front page

It’s been a busy fall, teaching a seminary class, launching a book line, rewriting and editing my own book, and planning a couple conferences. Nothing has given my soul rest like my hunting trips — duck hunting in Central Minnesota, pheasant hunting in South Dakota.

I’m not much of one for giving advice, but here’s some: get outside this month. In the midst of busy church schedules and busy personal schedules, end-of-the-year pressures and work and challenges with family interactions, take some time to connect to God in nature.

I’ll close with another image, one I took last evening at sunset.

sunset in SoDak

New Date, Final Cover, Big News #DGKJ

After sprinting the final couple miles of a marathon, just this morning I have turned in my final revisions on Did God Kill Jesus: Searching for Love in History’s Most Famous Execution. The on-sale date has been pushed back a week to make room for production issues, so mark your calendars for March 24. There will be a book release party in the Twin Cities, at the On Being studios. I will also be in Chicago the previous week, and preaching at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 22. After the book releases, I’ll be in New York City and environs for about 10 days, including Holy Week.

And finally, I am at liberty to reveal the front cover the book:

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Is Rob Bell This or That?

So, Rob Bell has a TV show coming out on December 21. This is the most long-awaited show in the history of Christendom. Ever since he moved from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Laguna Beach, California, from churchland to Hollywood, we’ve been waiting for his show. His first show — a drama — was shelved. His second show has been worked and reworked since it was filmed last summer. And now it’s coming out.

Also, he’s got a new book out.

Rob BellSo what do you supposed is the evangelical reaction to the amazing success of one of its own? To disown him, of course!

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