Summer Study Break.  Will be Back in Early August.

Summer Study Break. Will be Back in Early August.

I’m planning to take the rest of July and early August for a study break. This will include plenty of prayer and planning along with dedicated time for study. As well, will be taking a media fast. See you on the other side. What are you doing to get quiet and alone with God this summer?

Happy B-Day to Confessions!

Happy B-Day to Confessions!

That’s right — one year ago today, the Kickstarter campaign funded and the book project, Confessions of a Pastor, was set in motion.  I can still remember thirty days prior, at the launch of the drive, praying, “Ok Jesus, this is now in your hands. It will either fund or fail.”  The project did fund and I am still amazed at the results today.  I continue to thank Jesus and so many of you for bringing Confessions to life.

Early in the editing process we changed the official name to simply “Confessions” with the subtitle of “Finding Hope Through One Pastor’s Doubt.”  Thinking of Hope, the heart of Confessions has already borne fruit in bringing hope to many and so I want to give a huge thanks on this anniversary date to everyone who gave and prayed for the venture. Not only is the book bringing encouragement to people and drawing them closer to the love of Christ, but once our final financial requirements with LUCID Books are completed, 50% of any additional royalties from the project will go toward world missions.

What about you?  If you have read Confessions, what stories can you share of encouragement or testimonies from those you know?  If you’ve not had a chance to read Confessions yet, you can get an e-copy or paper back from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other sources.

As I begin a summer study break in a few weeks, I will explore the possibility of turning the print into an audible work and also begin to seriously flesh out the next major writing project.  But for now, I’d love to hear your stories from the release of Confessions.  You can share them here, on social media sources, or even write a review for Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Again – thanks to everyone who made this project a reality!

The “Stuff” of Life!

The “Stuff” of Life!

I once had an English teacher begin the semester by proclaiming he never wanted to see the word, stuff, used in our writing. For him, the word, stuff, was too general and using it screamed of laziness.  He wanted us to take the time and effort to think through exactly what we were writing about in very deliberate and specific language.  Stuff is boring. It’s what accountants and dentists deal with.

But yet, isn’t that really what life is made up of? It’s those little details that build our days of which no one really pays attention to.  The packing of lunches, mowing the grass, and kissing our families good-by before they head off for the day.  Like quiet bricks in a building that no one pays attention to, they are so necessary for the completion of the project. All the attention is given to the corner stone but yet the building is made up of those boring pieces of stone which together keep the rain out and heat in.  Isn’t that life? (more…)

Fun Forward For Confessions!

Fun Forward For Confessions!

I am stoked to report how quickly LUCID Books is moving with the publication of Confessions. The release date has been moved up to late November with pre-sales set to begin in mid-October.  The work is presently in the lay-out phase after having completed the editing and proof-reading.  As the process continues, we are looking at publicity and marketing over the next two months.  Yes, I am thrilled as I honestly believe this project will be a huge encouragement to many people.

One exciting piece from the past two weeks was to receive the Forward that I had asked Jim Tune write for the book. If you don’t know Jim, he is a fun Canadian minister, church planter, and visionary who is always advancing the ball down the field.  Debi and I seriously considered working with Jim and his wife, Claudia, back in 2004 before moving to Northern California.  But we’ve kept in touch over the years and I greatly respect Jim and his work. (more…)

Confessions Update and Opportunity to Participate!

Confessions Update and Opportunity to Participate!

I’m stoked to report that the “Confessions of a Pastor” project is moving quite fast and LUCID Books tells me that it should go public in early December.  The manuscript has already gone through the formal editing process and is now in the hands of the proof reading department.  Today I received three potential book cover options and I want to give you an opportunity to participate in choosing the final product design.

The three comps are below and you can vote on your favorite design.  Then tell us why you voted the way you did and feel free to add any suggestions you might have.  You can leave a comment here, reply to my email address, or leave a comment on my Face Book page. (more…)

Does it Work?  (Christianity that is.)

Does it Work?  (Christianity that is.)

Sometimes Boris would drive me nuts.  I mean really drive me nuts.  Ok, sometimes I suppose he just ticked me off if we’re being honest here.  I remember well the afternoons that Boris would come into our office at the college we rented from in Moscow, Russia.  We’d play chess and discuss everything from politics, to Christianity, to philosophy.  I liked playing chess with Boris because he was just about the only Russian over the age of 12 that I could actually beat.    The reason Boris pushed me to the edge sometimes was because he clearly had little interest in discussion for discovery, but rather just for the sake of being argumentative.  Boris longed for the Communist to retake the government in the national elections of 96.  Boris quoted Paul McCartney with as much reverence as the apostle Paul.  Boris referred to both Vladimir Lenin  and John Lennon with equal admiration while joking about Jesus.  Boris would deny the credibility of the Bible while all the time never acknowledging the proofs I’d give for its inerrancy.  Boris just liked to argue and I suppose that’s probably normal for a young man in his late teens and early 20s. I’m sure I’ve got my own history of annoying folks with my arguments as well.  So if you’re out there Boris, please know that I really do love you and miss you.

One of the criticisms of Christianity that Boris would level at me periodically was the supposition that Christianity was simply not practical. “It didn’t do much,” he’d say.  Maybe he was contrasting me to the Bolsheviks of old or something.  But for whatever reason he had that idea, I tried to illustrate to him that Christianity is anything but impractical.  (more…)