Every now and then, I like to post an update on conferences, books, articles, etc. that I'll be involved with…so we can get together if you'll be there, or in case any of it interests you. Because of the incoming Spivelet (due March 18) the first half of 2010 projects to be a year of the pen—when it comes to "national" ministry.
- Still progressing on the Doctor of Ministry degree. Projected walk date: May 2010. This is my highest priority, other than ministry at NCCC, until it's complete.
- Jesus: the Word Made Flesh is one chapter away from completion. It should be out by this year's Pepperdine Bible Lectures in May, courtesy of College Press/HeartSpring. My prediction is that the unnamed second volume will follow nine months or so later.
- February 19-21, I will be presenting a class at the Renew conference in Fresno, California. This conference is taking the place of ZOE West Coast, and focuses on the intersection of mission and worship. The College Church of Christ is gracious enough to host it. Randy Harris and John York will be keynoting. Click here for more info. The title of my class is: Reading God's World: Adventures in Cultural Exegesis.
- At this year's Pepperdine Bible Lectures, I will be presenting a 3-day class at 8:30am each day in AMB 105 (my post for the last three years), entitled, "All We are Meant to Be: Reviving and Sustaining Healthy and Growing Churches." Those of you who liked the "Turnaround Church" posts will want to come to this one. We'll get to the nitty-gritty of this stuff, and there will be time for Q and A. As an added bonus… get there early to hear Terry Rush after me.
- At Pepperdine's Family of Faith Network Conference June 10-12, I will be presenting a class entitled, "The Clothesline: Family Life as a Spiritual Discipline," and serving with my lovely and amazing wife on a panel talking about the challenges and blessings of family life for those in ministry. If you can make this conference, please come. It will bless you richly. Last year's conference featured Ken Canfield, Emerson Eggerichs, Hal Runkel, and a number of other terrific presenters. If you can't make the conference, perhaps invite your elders or your Youth/Family ministers to attend.
- A sermon of mine on Psalm 122, All is Calm, will be published in An Honest Cry: Sermons on the Psalms in Honor of Prentice A. Meador, Jr. It should be out within the next month or two, published by ACU/Leafwood. There will be some phenomenal sermons in there from guys like Mike Cope, Lynn Anderson, Chris Seidman, Landon Saunders, Rick Atchley, Jack Reese, John York, Ken Durham, and others. Fans of preaching and/or the Psalms need to pick this book up. Click here to view the Table of Contents.