What I’ve been reading lately

By request, here are some of the books and magazines I’ve been reading lately. In no particular order. Movements That Change The World, Steve Addison The Dream: Martin Luther King & the Speech that Inspired a Nation, Drew Hansen Tribes, Seth Godin Our Father Abraham, Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith, Marvin Wilson Pascal’s Pensees, Blaise Pascal Unusually Excellent, John Hamm On Becoming a Leader, Warren Bennis The Journal of John Wesley, John Wesley Institutes of The Christian Religion, John Calvin Chosen By God, R.C. Sproul The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness, Tim Keller The Trellis and the Vine, Colin Marshall & Tony Payne Harvard Business Review Utne Reader Click here for Summer Reading List

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Those poor killer whales

Those poor killer whales. A while back disaster struck when another trainer was killed by one of the beautiful killer whales in the famous aquatic theme park. After the tragedy people went crazy, the show was suspended, and the theme park world went solemn. But do you know what comes to my mind? Because I’ve seen the show and I’ve encountered the splash firsthand. I just can’t shake this feeling that that whale was never meant to swim circles inside pools made by men. That glorious creature was made to roam the oceans whose builder and maker is God. Theme parks aren’t big enough for whales. And this world isn’t big enough for your soul.

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What I learned from al Qaeda on 9/11

Five hundred thousand dollars. That number blows my mind. Not because it’s so big, but because it’s so small. That’s what it cost al Qaeda to pull off the attacks of September 11, 2001. A half a million dollars to alter the mindset of a culture. A half a million dollars to inflict somewhere near 2 trillion dollars in damage to the US. A half a million dollars to change the world. It bothers me. Eleven years later. I’m bothered by the thought of a tiny movement of people, who live in caves, who can’t show their faces, who are hunted by the most powerful military ever, most of whom have never met their leaders in person, and do not spend much money, can organize so effectively, and devote themselves so fiercely … to change the world. Yeah, they changed the world. With fear. For hate. By violence. With a 500K investment. What if we decided to network, organize, sacrifice, and lay our lives on the line … to change the world. What would happen if we realized that it has never required a multitude to change culture, just a loyal few, humble enough to get in one accord and brave enough to embrace the mission? Imagine what we could do with love. For justice. In the name of Jesus. By the power of his Spirit. Let’s roll with that.

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Dare you to pray this prayer

I’ve been particularly stirred by the life of John Wesley in recent weeks, and found myself praying one of his prayers this morning. Here is my modified version of it: Lord Jesus, because you have received me into your house, because you have called me your own, because you have made me your child, I will not stand upon terms. Impose upon me what conditions you please, write down your own articles, command me what you will, put me to anything you see as good; let me come under your roof, let me be your servant, and spare not to command me; I will no longer be my own. Make me what you will, Lord, and set me where you will. I trust you. I put myself wholly into your hands; put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will; put me to doing, put me to suffering, let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you, exalted for you, or trodden under foot for you; let me be full, let me be empty, let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily resign all to your name and your pleasure. For your love is better than life. It would be hard for me to overstate the impact of the man who prayed that prayer. If the United States had produced a Wesley, many have argued slavery would have been abolished […]

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