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Get a free eBook, right here…

December 16, 2009

Ever heard of Seth Godin?…I don’t know him, personally…only via his blog, and books.  Here is a compilation by him of some great minds’ commentary, in a new eBook, “What Matters Now?”

Go get it….

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2009/12/what-matters-now-get-the-free-ebook.html

In Case of Emergency

November 27, 2009

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200909/fema

Book Review: The Search for God and Guinness, by Stephen Mansfield

October 11, 2009

I think I may have had a Guinness only once before in my life, and if so, then tonight I had my second.  Now, knowing the story of this storied family, it was really enjoyable.  I’m a convert.

Stephen Mansfield’s bailiwick is History.  With a PhD in history and literature he is a highly skilled researcher and a gifted writer.  But “The Search…” is more story than accurate and complete history of a family and the business that carries its name.  In it, he tells of the clan of Arthur Guinness and sons who brewed the most popular beer in the world, some also became bankers, and with daughters and others they equipped over 1300 Christian missionaries for service in China.  There is much more…the common labor workers in the Guinness brewery in Dublin likely had the highest standard of living of all workers at their time and place.  Arthur Guinness brewed beer as an alternative to stronger drink, providing a relatively healthful alternative to even the septic water in the domestic supply, and he believed that he was called by God to do it this way, and to help his fellow man up from the squalor of an overcrowded city.  And, of course, there is the Book of Records.

Mansfield is a pleasure to read.  His credentials and style make me think of writers like Tom Wolfe and Thomas Cahill.  In this book, the beer is a side story…the real story is the life of faith in Christ that was inspired by the first Arthur of the Guinness clan.

Book review: What Difference Do it Make?

September 26, 2009

by Ron Hall and Denver Moore (with Lynn Vincent)

Denver Moore: “One day I asked Mr. Ron, ‘Mr. Ron, all these white folks be invitin us to their Bible studies. How come none of ‘em’s invitin us to their Bible doins?’” (The opening line of Chapter 21, What Difference Do it Make?)

You may have read Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore (with Lynn Vincent) about the improbable friendship of a wealthy international art dealer, his Christ following wife, and an illiterate homeless man who’d been raised in modern slavery as a sharecropper in Louisiana. When Ron and Deborah Hall met Denver Moore he was threatening bodily harm to a group of about 20 other homeless people and workers in the Union Gospel Mission of Fort Worth.  But Mrs. Hall’s Christian regard for Mr. Moore eventually convinced him that he was loved, even when he was unlovable.  Mr. Hall’s love for his wife led him to understand that Mr. Moore was not all that different from him.

Not long after, Deborah Hall lost a battle with very aggressive cancer.  Having become friends, Mr. Moore and Mr. Hall felt they should tell the story of how Mrs. Hall had wrought such profound change in both their hearts, and that’s how Same Kind of Different came to be.  If you haven’t already, you will probably want to read the first book after reading this one.  The story of this profound change of heart is continued in this book, about how people who stoop a little to help another person up have changed lives as a result.  The difference that it makes is what happens when people put their Bible studies into action, into Bible doins.

Book Review: Blue Like Jazz, Donald Miller

September 2, 2009

Right from the very beginning, Blue Like Jazz will pull you in.  Don Miller writes with an engaging assembly of words and ideas that just make you want to keep turning the pages.  Transparency is a concept that is getting a lot of press these days.  Don Miller takes this idea and puts flesh on it, his own flesh.  You, pretty quickly, get a sense that you could immediately join Don in intimate conversation, because you know who he is.

I found Blue Like Jazz via a reference to it in a Tweet from one of the people I follow…I don’t remember who now.  But I went to my favorite bookseller, found that an e-version was available, and started reading within minutes.  It might be because I feel that I have a lot in common with Don Miller—both our fathers left when we were little boys…his, just because he wanted to; mine, because he got sick and ultimately died, which made me really angry with God because even before he was sick my dad was remote and aloof where I was concerned, so I had a real problem with God when my dad got sick and I knew we would never be reconciled.  But I digress—I loved this book and I think I’d love to call Don Miller a friend.

If you, or someone you know, struggle with having a relationship with God, you want to read this book.  You will connect with the real person that Don Miller is, and he will walk with you through a journey that shows God’s unconditional love for us, and why we need that.

Gonna ride this horse for awhile

March 23, 2009

Yup, I’m really hooked.  But I think you might want to know more about this.

I monitor the posts in a couple of Google Groups…ChurchBIT and ChMS Discussion.  Recent discussions in both of these groups (independent of each other…maybe it’s something in the air) are about Social Networking tools/sites that are specifically for churches.  One of these discussions led me to this blog-site that has access to a survey for church people to take and get info from.  Give it a rip…

And, I’ve got no dog in this fight, but you also might want to look at BeOneBody, CircleBuilder, and LightsTogether

Blessings to you and all whom you love.

Opening log

January 17, 2009

This is for Church Administrators…hoped to be of some help to anyone who works in Church Administration and happens to stumble upon it.