Now that seminary is spent I have been happily reading all of the books I’ve been wanting to read but could not read. Nope. I could not read any of them. Instead, I was forced to shelve them all while I checked off books from required reading lists @ seminary. Now, lest I mislead you, I will be the first to say most of the books on my required reading lists were top-notch. They served me well. I just miss reading what I want to read, when I want to read it! I can do that now, again. Reading is less work, and much more fun. Yes, reading is fun again!
A few of the titles I’m currently engaging include: The Ascent of a Leader, by Thrall, McNicol & McElrath; Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, by Cymbala; Communities of Kindness, by Sjogren; Starting a New Church, by Ralph Moore; Emerging Worship: Creating Worship Gatherings for New Generations by Dan Kimball.
I’m also reading “Planting Missional Churches: Planting a Church that’s Biblically Sound and Reaching People in Culture,” by Ed Stetzer. This book is so, so solid. The following excerpt (a Lesslie Newbigin quote by Stetzer) is something I’ll be thinking about often, especially as Inner Metro Green moves forward in Lancaster City & the vicinity:
“Everyone with the experience of cross-cultural missions knows that there are always two opposite dangers, the Scylla and Charybdis, between which one must steer. On the one side there is the danger that one finds no point of contact for the message as the missionary preaches it, to the people of the local culture the message appears irrelevant and meaningless. On the other side is the danger that the point of contact determines entirely the way that the message is received, and the result is syncretism. Every missionary path has to find the way between these two dangers: irrelevance and syncretism. And if one is more afraid of one danger than the other, one will certainly fall into the opposite” (20).
I’m submerged in some good reading, work, thinking, practical application, and relationships. It’s a good time. Soon, we will be moving into our new house and moving strong toward the next phase of our mission in the city.
Work Cited: Stetzer, Ed. “Planting Missional Churches: Planting a Church that’s Biblically Sound and Reaching People in Culture.” Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2006.