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What You Can See When You Slow Down

For many years, our family has had a tradition of going to Center City Philadelphia on Christmas Eve and seeing the sites of the season.  This typically involved a stop at the Comcast Center (after it was built), shopping at the Christmas Village next to City Hall, and an obligatory visit to the Macy’s Christmas Light Show and Wanamaker Organ Concert.  Sometimes we even stood in line to see the Dickens Village display – one more time.  This year with Christmas Eve falling on a Sunday and our boys’ schedules being so busy, Deb and I decided to do something different.  We decided to go downtown on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and to take things at a slower pace.  We did visit the Comcast Center and the Christmas Village (which was surprisingly busy for it’s second day to be officially open).  After that we walked through City Hall, skipped Macys all together and decided to do something we had never done before.

We had always talked about walking through the Society Hill neighborhood and seeing some of the buildings that had withstood the test of time.  On the way, we stopped at Washington Square which was once the heart of the city’s thriving publishing industry.  With no agenda and some extra time on our hands, we simply sat and watched people walk by.  We could not help but notice the diversity that makes Philadelphia so special.  As we headed on our way, we started walking south on 5th Street when an elderly gentleman noticed us looking at one particular building.  He must have thought that we were tourists and asked if we wanted to know more about the place we were standing.  For the next few minutes we were given a free guided tour of that part of the city with recommendations about what to see next.  Based on his input, we headed down Spruce Street to the river and found the homes we had been looking for.  These old houses were so interesting and beautiful that before we knew it we were at the river.  Walking back to the train, we took a different route and commented about how much we wanted to take this same walk again someday.

Walking is something that I am learning to love again.  I have always enjoyed hiking the various trails near our home, but so often my time was limited by a very busy schedule.  Recently, one of my colleagues who knows that I am on sabbatical invited me to take a walk with him over the lunch hour.   He mentioned that he had a new trail he wanted to show me.  Having walked most of the trails nearby, I was interested to see where we would be going.  Sure enough, he took me to a park that I was familiar with, but not the walking path.  How had I lived so close to this path and never seen it before?  As we walked together, I marveled at the beauty of the light shining through the trees and glistening off the creek.  The trail was wide and well taken care of.  It had a long wooden bridge and some interesting side path options to choose from and seemed to follow the creek for a long way.  When we were finished our walk, I was so delighted by this discovery of a new walking trail that I decided to bring Deb back later that day to experience it one more time.

Slowing down and walking gives you a new perspective.  You cannot see things quite the same way when you simply drive by or are in a hurry.  I marvel more and more at the God who took time to create all this natural beauty for our enjoyment.  I rejoice in having friends who want to show me new paths and who care enough to slow down to walk with me.  I look forward to discovering new things this year as I take time to see what God wants to show me on His adventure trails.

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Surprised by Sabbatical

So, I have a confession to make.   I was one of those kids and maybe you were too.  You know what I am talking about.  We were the ones who couldn’t wait for the presents to get put under the Christmas tree, so we could start sizing things up.  It didn’t take us long to figure out what certain presents were or at least what we thought they were and more importantly – had Mom and Dad given the same number of gifts to each sibling.  When parents weren’t looking, our little fingers would sometimes feel the packages just to be certain they were what we had hoped. If we didn’t see that “big” present, we just knew it was being hidden for a last-minute surprise, but to be sure we left hints all over the place about what we really, really, really wanted.  Inevitably, Christmas would be judged not by how many presents we got, by how many presents were the ones we actually wanted.  While we liked to be surprised, we didn’t actually want “surprises”, especially if it involved underwear or socks.

So, what do you do when someone hands you a present from your heavenly father in a box marked “My Will for Your Life – Open Now”?  What do you do when you open the box and see a baton marked – CLC Leadership – and a note taped to it saying, “Please give to Jim”?  What do you do when you see a ticket below the baton for the ship called Sabbatical to a place called New Season?  If you are me, you check the tag to see if it really is for you and then you begin to wonder what this all means.  Does God really give gifts like this?  What if Jim doesn’t want the baton?  What is the ship Sabbatical really like and most importantly, where is New Season?  Then, I noticed the writing on gift tag on the box itself “From Your Heavenly Father because I love you” – P.S.  Jeremiah 29:11 is a promise for you too.

One thing I do know, when God speaks, it is pretty important to listen.  When the people of Israel ignored Him, they ended up in exile.  When Jonah took off in the wrong direction, he ended up in the belly of a whale.  When Peter took His eyes of Jesus as he stepped out of the boat, he began to sink.  I am not interested in being exiled, sinking in the sea or ending up in a whale, so I have recently handed the baton of leadership to Jim and begun a much needed, but quite unexpected Sabbatical.  Right now, I am sailing on the sea of uncertainty to a place called New Season and so grateful that I am not the captain of the ship.

For those of you that know me well, this will not be an easy journey.  As a Type A personality, I like being “about my father’s business”, doing things that matter and most importantly staying productive.  I tend to crave certainly and clarity, not ambiguity and vagueness.  As each day dawns, I am learning more and more that God works in mysterious ways and that His plans are not always my plans.  I am blessed that as I travel on the good ship Sabbatical, I have many friends who are coming aboard to visit and counsel me – some have even been on this ship before.  While I may not know where New Season is quite yet, I do know who rules that place and He is currently steering my ship.

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Surviving the Storm

It is one thing to accept the sovereignty of God as an abstract intellectual concept.  It is something entirely different to embrace this reality when you are in the midst of a storm.  On September 18th, our team on the lush and mountainous island of Dominica might have been tempted to wonder if God had forgotten them entirely when the lights went out during Hurricane Maria.   Only a few short weeks earlier, Hurricane Jose had passed just to the north of Dominica and while it missed them, it devastated the tiny island of Barbuda.  They were certainly hoping that Hurricane Maria would also veer away from them as well.  To everyone’s was surprise and horror a tropical storm became a Hurricane in less than twenty-four hours and passed right over them.  While the world learned about the terrible tragedy unfolding in Puerto Rico because of the same storm, no one heard from Dominica and many of us wondered who had survived.

I had just visited the team in January and was excited to work with them in rebuilding the ministry that had struggled in recent years.  The CLC bookstore in Dominica was established in 1948 and the local team has experienced many storms over the decades.  It is an immensely beautiful place that has often been described as a “mountain in the sea” and its mountainous terrain dominates all aspects of life on the island.  While the nearby island of Antigua is known for its 365 beaches (one for everyday of the year), Dominica is known for its 365 rivers that flow down the mountainside and into the sea.  These rivers are a source of life and joy most of the time, but during a Hurricane, they can be source of death and devastation as everything is washed away.

Waiting to hear from Davis, our team leader, was one of the most faith stretching experiences I have ever had.  With all power, internet and phone service knocked out, we had no idea how to get in touch with him or how long it would take for him to get in touch with us.  What little news we did hear was not encouraging.  Most of the homes on the island had been damaged, the airport was closed, and boats were being sent from other islands to rescue people and bring much needed supplies.  It was over seven days after the storm had passed that we finally got the wonderful news that Davis and his family were safe and so was our other team member Tajya.  While they were safe, the news about the store and their homes was not so good.

We quickly learned that “a river” had run through our store and it would be at least two months before the cleanup would be finished and that was a guestimate.  Many people on the island had lost their homes and all their belongings.  The electrical grid was badly damaged, and the internet was not going to come back online any time soon.  This recovery was going to take a while and the suffering of an already impoverished people was going to be acute.  God, however, had not forgotten the people of Dominica or our local team. Even as the storm hit, He was making a way where there was no way.

People and governments all over the Caribbean and even in the United States began to respond to the impassioned pleas of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and help began to arrive.  Our team in Trinidad arranged for two barrels of much needed food and supplies to be sent right away.  People opened up their homes to one another and made shelter available for as many they could.  Clean up began and the resilience of the people of Dominica was remarkable.  They had been knocked down, but they had not been knocked out.

On Wednesday, November 15th, our store got open again.  It is not a big space, but it is sacred ground.  Over the years, miracles have taken place as people’s lives have been touched by the power of the gospel revealed in the printed page.  Even though he still did not have electricity or internet service, Davis had cleaned up the store and knew he needed to open the doors once again.  Amazingly, he was able to use his mobile phone for texting and we began to work together again to get Christian resources to this devastated place.  We knew that when people go through a crisis like this, they often turn to God and have many unanswered questions.  With little else to do at home, this was also a perfect time to do some more reading than normal.  Our role is simply to help answer some of those questions with great Christian books and the Bible.  With the help of our generous partners at Lifeway Global Resources, we were able to get a large shipment of Bibles on its way and many other resources are going to follow.  Surviving a storm like this “puts flesh on our theology” as we understand that we serve a God who really is there no matter what we face.

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Engaging Change

We knew something was wrong, but we were not sure what it was.  Our team had hosted a donor banquet and it had gone really well.  Lots of people had commented that it was their favorite one yet and that they had a great time that evening.  The speaker was dynamic, the music was good, and the food was delicious. Despite this and all the hard work we had put into preparing for the event, the results were not what we had hoped for.  In fact, after subtracting the expenses for the banquet, it was the least successful fund raiser we had held in many years.  Something had to change, and we knew it.

As we began planning for the banquet again this year, our committee met earlier than we ever had and began brain storming.  The first few meetings were rough.  We knew we had to hit the reset button, but we had been doing this banquet the same way for so long that it was hard to truly “think outside the box”.  After lots of discussion, we agreed that we had done a good job of entertaining people in previous banquets, but not such a good job of engaging them.  One of the team said it best – “We have to connect with people’s hearts”.  With engagement as our mandate, we decided to put everything on the table, take a big risk and reinvent the entire event.

First and maybe most risky, we decided to eliminate our silent auction.  This normally took place in the hour right before the banquet and had been a key part of the fund-raising strategy.  While many people liked this aspect of the evening and looked forward to it each year, it did nothing to convey what we as a ministry were all about.  After much discussion, we decided to create an interactive “CLC World” event that would highlight our work in eight countries of the world.  There would be artifacts, books, Bibles, images, maps, flags and fun facts on each table.  Our very creative graphic designer came up with a really interesting Passport concept and people got it stamped at each table they visited.  When they completed the tour, and had all eight stamps, they got a free book.

As we were making plans, one of our leaders suggested that if we wanted to truly engage our donors, we had to start by engaging our CLC team members first.  It was quickly decided that we would have two team members “adopt” a country table and be responsible for collecting the artifacts, setting up the display and then standing at the table to share about the country and stamp the passports as people came by.  We took an entire chapel session to explain the new concept and to ask for feedback, we held a group training session two days before the banquet and then we debriefed as a team.  The momentum and excitement about the banquet was palpable in our building in the days leading up to the big night.

The second big decision we made was to create a theme for the night and to agree upon a compelling project to fund with an achievable, but meaningful financial goal.  Reaching the heart requires good story telling, so we decided on the theme – Your Story Matters: How God empowers ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things.  We picked three compelling stories from the life of our ministry and recruited passionate story tellers to tell them.  We decided to stretch out in faith and seek to fully fund the launch of the Africa Study Bible in both Sierra Leone and Liberia in 2018.  This would require $10,000 after all expenses had been taken care of.  It was doable, but would not be easy.

One last thing we decided was to ask our worship leader to come up with songs that would enhance the stories and help reinforce the ideas we were presenting.  Little did we know that he would write three completely original songs that were the highlight of the evening.  As we opened the doors this past Saturday night, people came streaming in and some were disoriented by the new set up.  Very quickly, however, they got adjusted and started exploring and learning.  With surprisingly few technical glitches, the program got underway after the dinner and people were captivated.  We were even blessed to have one of the contributing editors of the Africa Study Bible share some of the unique features of this wonderful new resource.

Right before we closed, a representative of the Bethel Deliverance Church and their pastor Bishop Eric Lambert came to the front to make a special presentation.  To everyone’s surprise and delight they made a donation of $5,000.  This same church had sent over seventy people to attend the banquet and were clearly engaged with our ministry objectives.  After counting up all the donations that came in designated for this project through the banquet, were amazed that a little over $15,000 was raised.  After banquet expenses were deducted, God had blessed in such a marvelous way that we were able to fully fund the project and we had met our goal.  Lesson learned – trust God, take risk and be willing to change.  Even more important – engage your team if you want to engage your donors.

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The Most Anticipated Books of the Fall

Recently, I asked three friends and fellow book lovers to share their most anticipated books for the Fall.   I hope their choices inspire you as you choose books to purchase, read and share with friends.

 

Byron Borger – Founder and Proprietor of Hearts and Minds Bookstore and author of The Booknotes Blog.

 

  1. Awaiting the King by James K.A. Smith
  2. Place Matters by Coz Crosscombe and Bill Krispin
  3. Caroline: Little House Revisited by Sarah Miller
  4. Love Big, Be Well: Letters to a Small-Town Church by Winn Collier
  5. Spiritual & Religious: The Gospel in an Age of Paganism by Tom Wright
  6. Venite: A Book of Daily Prayers by Robert Benson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Thomsen – Book Buyer for Greg Laurie’s Harvest Church Bookstore and former Chairman of the Board for the Christian Booksellers Association

 

 

  1. Martin Luther by Eric Metaxas
  2. Making All Things New by David Powlison
  3. Come Let Us Adore Him by Paul David Tripp
  4. Living Life Backward by David Gibson
  5. Is All Scripture Inspired by J. C. Ryle
  6. Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas
  7. The Problem of God by Mark Clark
  8. God and the Transgender Debate by Andrew Walker
  9. Steal Away Home by Matt Carter
  10. Martin Luther by Vopler Leppin
  11. Long Before Luther by Nathan Buzenitz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Smith – Co-Author of SLOW CHURCH and the Editor of The Englewood Review of Books

 

 

  1. Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology by James K.A. Smith
  2. How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds by Alan Jacobs
  3. The Art of Loading Brush: Agrarian Essays by Wendell Berry
  4. What Will Soon Take Place: Poems by Tania Runyan
  5. The Ninth Hour: A Novel by Alice McDermott
  6. Mending the Divides: Creative Love in a Conflicted World by Jon Huckins and Jer Swigart
  7. Sacred Strangers: What the Bible’s Outsiders Can Teach Christians by Nancy Haught
  8. Vintage Saints and Sinners: 25 Christians Who Transformed My Faith by Karen Wright Marsh
  9. Can You See Anything Now? A Novel by Katherine James
  10. Unafraid: Moving Beyond a Fear-Based Faith by Benjamin Corey

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10 Key New Books for the Fall

Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors

I loved Katie’s first book, Kisses from Katie and was deeply touched by her moving story.  When I realized that she had a follow up book coming out this fall, I knew I had to read it.  When Katie Davis Majors moved to Uganda, accidentally founded a booming organization, and later became the mother of thirteen girls through the miracle of adoption, she determined to weave her life together with the people she desired to serve. But joy often gave way to sorrow as she invested her heart fully in walking alongside people in the grip of poverty, addiction, desperation, and disease. This book is about a mother discovering the extraordinary strength it takes to be ordinary. It’s about choosing faith no matter the circumstance and about encountering God’s goodness in the least expected places.

Uncomfortable by Brett McCracken

I loved the concept of this book from the moment I discovered it was being published.  Hardly anyone ever asks the question, “Does my church make me uncomfortable?” and if they do, they often leave it.  In this book, McCracken poses a different question, “what if instead of searching for a church that makes us comfortable, we learned to love our church, even when it’s challenging? What if some of the discomfort that we often experience is actually good for us?” This book is a call to embrace the uncomfortable aspects of Christian community, whether that means believing difficult truths, pursuing difficult holiness, or loving difficult people—all for the sake of the gospel, God’s glory, and our joy.

White Awake by Daniel Hill

In a time when “white privilege” and “Black Lives Matter” dominate conversations, this book is a much-needed addition to the dialogue.  Daniel Hill will never forget the day he heard these words: “Daniel, you may be white, but don’t let that lull you into thinking you have no culture. White culture is very real. In fact, when white culture comes in contact with other cultures, it almost always wins. So it would be a really good idea for you to learn about your culture.” Confused and unsettled by this encounter, Hill began a journey of understanding his own white identity. Today he is an active participant in addressing and confronting racial and systemic injustices. I look forward to wrestling with his seven stages to expect on the path to cultural awakening.

The Last Arrow by Erwin McManus

So, I have to confess that I was intrigued with this book as soon as I saw the cover.  Erwin McManus is the founding pastor Mosaic, an innovative church in Los Angeles and a great writer.  This is what he has to say about this book, “When you come to the end of your days, you will not measure your life based on success and failures. All of those will eventually blur together into a single memory called “life.” What will give you solace is a life with nothing left undone. One that’s been lived with relentless ambition, a heart on fire, and with no regrets. On the other hand, what will haunt you until your final breath is who you could have been but never became and what you could have done but never did.”  I desire to live a life fully committed to the plans that God has for me and look forward to being challenged by McManus to leave nothing on the table – to be “all in” everyday.

Be the Hands and Feet by Nick Vujicic – coming out in February 2018

I was disappointed to see that the release of this book was pushed back to February of 2018.  Who could resist wanting to read a book about being the hands and feet of Jesus from a guy who has no hands and feet. Nick is known worldwide for his incredibly courageous story and for the fact that he believes that nothing in life is as exciting and satisfying as introducing Jesus to people who have never met him. In this new book, he explains how the example of Jesus Christ motivates him to travel and speak broadly because the”good news” of the Gospel is just too good to keep quiet!  Although the world has so many problems, no challenge is too great for the God who promises to move mountains. What an inspiring book this promises to be.

Whisper by Mark Batterson

I have enjoyed reading Mark’s books since he wrote, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day.  His writing is not sophisticated and his message is direct and I need more books like this in my life.  Lead Pastor of National Community Church in Washington D.C. and prolific author, Batterson has written a book that should be read by many Christians.  In this new book he helps readers learn how to listen to God. The voice that spoke the cosmos into existence is the same voice that parted the Red sea, and made the sun stand still in the midday sky. One day, this voice will make all things new, but it’s also speaking to us now! That voice is God’s voice, and what we’ve learned from Scripture is that He often speaks in a whisper. Not to make it difficult to hear Him, but to draw us close. Many people have a tough time believing God still speaks. Sure, in ancient times and in mysterious ways, God spoke to His people, but is He still speaking now? Mark Batterson certainly believes so.  With so much noise in my life competing for my attention, I look forward to letting this book transform my prayer and devotional life.

Martin Luther by Eric Metaxas

A new book from the writer of the much-acclaimed Bonhoeffer biography is a must read for me.  The fact that it is about Martin Luther and is releasing in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is an added bonus.  On All Hallow’s Eve in 1517, the young monk named Martin Luther posted a document he hoped would spark an academic debate, but that instead ignited a conflagration that would forever destroy the world he knew. Five hundred years after Luther’s now famous Ninety-five Theses appeared, Metaxas, paints a startling portrait of the wild figure whose adamantine faith cracked the edifice of Western Christendom and dragged medieval Europe into the future. Written in riveting prose and impeccably researched, Martin Luther tells the searing tale of a humble man who, by bringing ugly truths to the highest seats of power, caused the explosion whose sound is still ringing in our ears.

Exploring the Bible by David Murray, Illustrated by Scotty Reifsnyder  I am always looking for new books for children that will actually make a difference in their lives.  Far too often, books written for kids assume that they can’t really handle reading the Bible on their own, nor would they want to.  This new book takes a different approach. Murray believes that reading the Bible should be like taking a trip through God’s story, setting out to explore and experience the beautiful views found within. But without a map, it’s easy to get lost. Exploring the Bible leads kids ages 6–12 through the Bible one day at a time over the course of a year. For use alongside any Bible, this workbook will help them see the overarching story of God’s Word and lay the foundation for a lifetime of discovering truths about God, humanity, and the gospel.  Besides being beautifully illustrated, it includes  – daily Bible readings, prayer points, memory verses, discussion questions and space for sermon notes and reflections.

God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life by Tim Keller

A new devotional from Tim Keller based on the book of Proverbs – need I say more?  Well… I guess so.

From pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller comes a beautifully packaged, yearlong daily devotional based on the Book of Proverbs.  Proverbs is God’s book of wisdom, teaching us the essence and goal of a Christian life. In this 365-day devotional, Timothy Keller offers readers a fresh, inspiring lesson for every day of the year based on different passages within the Book of Proverbs. With his trademark knowledge, Keller unlocks the wisdom within the poetry of Proverbs and guides us toward a new understanding of what it means to live a moral life. God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life is a book that I will be able to turn to every day, year after year, to cultivate a deeper, more fulfilling relationship with God. It makes a perfect companion to Keller’s devotional on the Psalms, The Songs of Jesus.

The Nearly Infallible History of the Reformation by Nick Page

This was one of my favorite books of the year so far and while it was very informative, it was also hilarious.  Who could resist reading a book that has the words, “You were predestined to read this – John Calvin” printed across the top of the cover.  What an endorsement.  While it is published by a British publisher, it should also available here in the USA. In the book, Nick Page brings his skills as an unlicensed historian to bear on this key period in European (and world) history in order to uncover everything you need to know about the Reformation – with a fair few bits you never wanted to know thrown in for good measure. Historians tell us that the Protestant Reformation laid the foundations for the Industrial Revolution, religious freedom, and all sorts of other Good Things. But what actually happened? Who were the winners and the losers, the ogres and the beauty queens of this key moment in church history? (spoiler: there weren’t any beauty queens). In-depth research, historical analysis and cutting-edge guesswork combine to scintillating effect in this fast-moving examination of the strange and wonderful whirlwind that was church life in late medieval Europe.

 

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A Fellowship of the Foolish

Every now and then I find myself thinking about Sisyphus, the character from Greek mythology, pushing that famous rock up a hill only to have it roll down and to have to push it up again.  Not that I really knew his real name until I Googled it, but I certainly feel his frustration on a regular basis.  There are so many times in the life of our ministry that the problems we face seem like huge boulders and for some reason it feels like I am pushing the same rock again and again.  Trying to make evangelical Christian resources available to everyone in the world and to do so economically and effectively is not just a daunting task – it seems like a virtual impossibility – some might even say it is a fool’s errand.

This week I met with our “fellowship of the foolish” otherwise known as the leadership team for CLC International and we discussed our worldwide ministry in over forty-five countries.  There were many moments when I could not help but think of my grandfather’s book, “The Foolishness of God” that was inspired by 1 Corinthians 1:25- 27 where Paul writes:

  “For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.”

We are serving in countries like Venezuela where people do not have enough money to buy food and medicine and yet they are still buying Bibles.  We are serving in places like Dominica where we had just gotten books and Bibles to the freight forwarder in Miami and Hurricane Maria nearly wiped out the island.  We are serving in places like Sierra Leone where the adult literacy rate is less than 50% and yet we have just run out of key supplies for our new print-on-demand system because we have printed more than 3000 books in the first three months since it has been operational – far more than we expected.  So many opportunities and so many challenges.  This is not a work for the faint of heart.

Praise God there are a few more foolish people around who have similar priorities.  During the week we had the privilege of listening to Paul Miller, the founder of seeJesus.net and author of A Praying Life, share his passion for the church around the world and his desire to see interactive Bible studies become a key component of their approach to discipleship.  Later, we met with a band of brothers from LifeWay Global and learned about their renewed commitment to providing Christian resources to the nations, especially Bibles and discovered that they had sixteen containers on the way to India.  This is the beginning of their official “on the ground” resourcing of the church in Southeast Asia as they are now registered in India.

By the end of week, I was beginning to have a new vision for the task ahead.  Maybe it is not just one person or one organization pushing the rock up the hill after all.  If we work together, that rock may move faster and finally get to where it belongs.  If we do this work in partnership with likeminded brothers and sisters, maybe the task of getting these life changing resources to people and pastors in far flung places will actually happen.  If we choose to work hand in hand for God’s glory and not our own, maybe His kingdom will be expanded and a light will be shined in dark places.

As I begin to dream, I can now imagine:

  • Print-On-Demand systems in many nations changing the very nature of Christian publishing and making it possible to get books inexpensively to the far corners of the earth.
  • Bibles being printed in vastly more languages in economic editions that make it possible for huge numbers of new Christians in the global south to own and read a Bible for the first time.
  • Discipleship materials becoming available in all shapes, sizes and formats – both digital and physical.
  • Church leaders having access to world class Biblical education through highly curated and contextualized resources.
  • The Bible coming to life through new resources that help answer the question that the Apostle Philip asked the Ethiopian official “Do you understand what you are reading?”

God truly is using the foolish things of this world to shame the wise and I for one am glad to be a part of this Fellowship of the Foolish.

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