What a week.
Another big week of blogging behind us, and the world has yet to fail to provide us with lots to talk about.
But today’s post, for lack of a better word, is a blast. I’ve literally got a stack of miscellaneous stuff I want to share with you. Things that have been occupying my time, people I’ve been learning from, inspired by, or who’ve just made my day. Hey, you may even win some free stuff today! Here’s what’s on my mind these days…
ChurchLeaders.com is a great place that brings together some of the sharpest thinkers, pastors and leaders in the church today. For some reason which I cannot imagine, they’re featuring me in a discussion about the fate of denominations that went live yesterday. For real, they’ve got me paired up with Ed Stetzer, who’s just completely out of my league. If you want to see me bring an amateur hour vibe like a late night karaoke contest, click on over there. You may recognize the first part of my contribution from a post here a couple of months ago, but a good deal of it is fresh content.
I’ve always got a stack of books on my desk waiting to be read, and lately Leonard Sweet’s new book, Nudge has been at the top of the stack.
Many of you agreed with my post, Actually, I’d Rather Not Tell You About Jesus, that the way we typically do evangelism is pretty lousy, and yet we all feel guilty for not telling more people about Jesus. Leonard Sweet feels your pain, with a much more subtle and human approach to evangelism, which is why I presume the title is Nudge, and not Shove, Yell, Protest, or Make Everyone at the Party Really Uncomfortable. Sweet talks about how God can actually be detected with our five senses, if we are just tuned in. The book is divided into chapters about seeing, tasting, hearing, touching and breathing Jesus. It’s also about how God is very active in our world, and how evangelism is simply “awakening each other to a God who’s already there.” The whole package is couched in stories that might make you excited to share Jesus again.
This is a great book. In fact, it’s good enough that I’ve got an extra copy to give away. Anyone who leaves a comment on this post will be entered to win a free copy! I’ve also got a secret bonus prize for another commenter today too!
Chuck Norris doesn’t write books. The words assemble themselves out of fear.
And on the complete opposite end of the spectrum…
You may have heard of the collective blog Throw Mountains. Among other people, it’s made up of Sarah Cunningham and Renee Johnson, who are both very different than me, in that they are both actual writers with published books, Picking Dandelions, and Faith Book of Jesus respectively. This week, they made my day by sending me a copy of The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book, autographed by the man’s burly fist himself (left).
This book is written by the real Chuck Norris. It’s a compilation of stories from his life, words of Chuck branded wisdom (called Chuck’s Code), and Chuck’s own favorite facts about himself which he’s collected from all over the world, including one written on a portable toilet in Iraq. It’s not a provacative book, but it’s fun to get inside Chuck Norris’ head, from a safe distance, and find out about his honest Christian values and genuine accomplishments. It might make a good gift for a graduate, or someone whose chops need to be busted with a roundhouse kick. Plus, this book is manly. It’s definately the manliest book you’ve ever read. The picture of Chuck’s face on the front cover is growing an actual beard. When thrown at someone’s face, the book will actually sprout a fist and punch them in the mouth. This book is so manly that even its sentences don’t have periods.
And Now for Something A Lot Less Manly: Metrosexual Ebay Auction
Wes Molebash is a great artist, and he’s one of our partners to raise money for Charity: Water this month. Fans of Stuff Christians Like will know him as the creator of Zakk, the Metrosexual Worship Leader. Zakk helped Jon Acuff raise money for schools in Vietnam, and now Zakk’s got new life by helping us raise money for water…by auctioning himself. Check out the eBay auction (which ends Sunday) and place a bid on the most metrosexual art that money can buy.
I Want to Meet You!
Finally, if you’re going to the Catalyst Conference in a few weeks, I want to meet you. Brad Ruggles always sets up a great Blogger’s Meetup, and it’s a highlight of Catalyst to me. Go check it out and reserve your spot. I wish I could crowd into an awkwardly posed self shot photo with all of you.
That’s what’s occupying my mind and extra time these days. What are you spending your time on? Who are you learning from or being inspired by. What are you looking forward to? Be sure to leave a comment if you like free stuff!