Random thoughts and bits on this Friday:

  • An Honest Cry, The book of collected sermons in honor of Prentice Meador is out. You can click on the icon in my book section to order for quick ordering. Fans of preaching should enjoy this one. I have a sermon in there, but some far better preachers do as well — Mike Cope, Rick Atchley, Prentice, etc.
  • I'm working on a redesign of the blog to launch around Easter. It'll have some cool new features that will hopefully add some helpful stuff for those in ministry.
  • Looking forward to speaking at the Renew conference in Fresno next weekend. If you can make it, you should. Registration is only $25, and you get to hear John York and Randy Harris preach. My class is titled: Reading God's World: Adventures in Cultural Exegesis. I'm really hoping Em doesn't go into labor while I'm there. If she does, we'll see exactly how fast I can make it from Fresno to Escondido.
  • We are continuing the Freedom series this weekend at North County. Galatians still blows my mind. I'm preaching through Paul's testimony in Galatians 1-2. It's got me thinking about my own grappling with legalism over the years.
  • When I was in college, the Vineyard was putting out the best worship music. Today, it's a toss-up between Hillsong and the Passion folks. Agree or disagree?
  • In my personal devotional time this week, I've been in Ezekiel. Deep stuff, and rather depressing at times. I've never preached a series on it, and have never heard a series on it. I've heard the single sermon on the Valley of Dry Bones…just never anything longer than a single sermon.
  • There are a ton of new books coming out around Easter that I can't wait to read. New stuff from N.T. Wright and others…drooling.
  • Next week's bloggings will include some thoughts on cultural exegesis, Christian freedom, and continue the Turnaround Fellowship series.