Friday Stream of Consciousness – 101

stream of consciousness

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning:

-I’ve been fathering alone for the last 2 weeks. Emily has been in Costa Rica and returns tomorrow evening. I can’t wait until she gets home. Our family, like yours I’m sure, is a unit. It isn’t as rich when any of us are gone…moms especially.
-What’s the best book on spiritual growth you’ve read that was written in the last 20 years by someone not named Foster or Willard?
-What’s the best book on preaching you’ve read in the last 20 years not written by someone named Long, Stott, Craddock or Buttrick?
-Both spirituality and preaching need some fresh, deep voices. The best books written “recently” are at least 15 years old now.

Two Things You Must Have Before Asking People to Give


Few preachers look forward to the opportunity to ask the church for money. We don’t look forward to having our motives questioned, people getting irritable, or doing the “talk of shame” to encourage the church to give to meet budget. If that’s what we think happens in the process of asking the church for money, all of those things will happen–and they should. There is no vision or spirituality behind “the ask,” and the asker lacks personal conviction that encourages people to give.