November 12th, 2013 | 1 Comment »

Last December, I published my first e-book, Scandalous: Lessons in Redemption From Unlikely Women. What began as a sermon series years

Ready to "Get Scandalous"

Ready to “Get Scandalous”

ago, became an obsession, which then became Scandalous. I had no agenda when I wrote Scandalous; that is no agenda other than allowing the strong and beautifully brave women mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus from Matthew’s gospel to have their day in the sun.

Like countless women before and after them, the voices and stories of these women had been marginalized – or flat out muted. Some small percentage of these unvoiced stories were made so by accident and/or ignorance. Many pastors lack the curiosity to dig more than one-level deep. But more frequently the stories of these women – and, again, myriad women before and after – have remained undeclared due to systemic chauvinism.

I merely wanted to tell stories which weren’t being told.

I’ve been overwhelmed by the warm, sweet response readers had for Scandalous. Some have told me it allowed people in their congregations to start new conversations about gender-equality. Others have used it to aid on-going discussions in their community of faith. And still others are reading through Scandalous within their small groups.

These are important discussions. In fact, they are vitally important discussions which will have deep impact on the church. So today, I wanted to share the shortest and most talked about chapter from Scandalous; the conclusion. If you have yet to get your copy, you can access it free here.

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December 20th, 2012 | 8 Comments »

“I did everything wrong.”

These were the words that leapt to my mind Monday afternoon as I was preparing for the launch of my first e-book, “Scandalous: Lessons in Redemption From Unlikely Women.” The thought wasn’t simply nerves or anxiety. It was the truth.

With everything I’d learned about launching an e-book, given all the videos I’d watched, articles I’d read, and blog posts from authors I’d devoured, I knew I had done it all wrong.

But I also knew this: I did everything wrong, but I did it!

Last December I had a choice to make regarding my blog. My site was – quite frankly – floundering. Readership was low. I hardly posted. The blog had very little focus and the few times I did post only landed me in trouble. I didn’t know whether it was worth continuing.

But I enjoyed writing and engaging with people, even if no one ever told me I was good at it or very effective. The choice, then, was whether to shut the whole thing down or actually try and do something worthwhile and meaningful. I talked to my wife, Rochelle, and we agreed we’d give it one year. I decided to put some money into my blog, get a self-hosted site, adhere to a strict posting schedule, leverage Internet tools to build a platform, to wake early and stay up late working, and – for lack of a better phrase – work my butt off.

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Posted in books, Scandalous, writing
August 1st, 2012 | 2 Comments »

If you live in Central, TX, you don’t want to miss IGNITE at The Vine Church tonight. IGNITE is a worship experiment. We’ll begin at 6:30, but you can come at 5:45 to share a meal with us.

Here’s an excerpt from my comments tonight:

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Posted in church, words, writing
March 6th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

How do you see your work?

Most of us spend the majority of our time working or at work. It’s not our spouses and children who get the best part of our day. Since the workday is typically 8-5, work gets our best. That being the case, shouldn’t Christians envision their work as a center for being people our love, redemption and hope?

Unfortunately, work frequently goes unexamined. We fail to bring redemptive force to it.  The reason is simple: Many of us see work as a means to an end; something we do in order to do the things we really want to do. Dorothy Sayers once wrote, “What I urged then was a thoroughgoing revolution in our whole attitude to work. I asked that it should be looked upon, not as a necessary drudgery to be undergone for the purpose of making money, but as a way of life in which the nature of man should find its proper exercise and delight and so fulfill itself to the glory of God.  That it should, in fact, be thought of as a creative activity undertaken for the love of the work itself; and that man, made in God’s image, should make things, as God makes them, for the sake of doing well a thing that is well worth doing.”

Sayers is calling Christians to revolutionize work by envisioning work as something done for the sake of the work itself. This is also what we see in the Genesis 1 creation poem, as the writer pictures Creator God as One who works and delights in his work, calling it good.

So the question for us is this: How do we see our work? Is it something that drains us; something to get out of as soon as possible? Or could there be a way to change how we see out work altogether. And if so, might we revolutionize the world at work?

February 5th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

“The Holy Spirit orchestrates the events of our lives with the single aim of making us disciples of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is at work in our lives in subtle ways, ways we cannot often discern. But the Spirit is at work nonetheless.” – James Bryan Smith, The Good & Beautiful God

 

 

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