My mentor of 25 years went home yesterday…
I stood on a balcony at a coffee shop in Atlanta crying like a baby after receiving the news from Wales.
When I was 19 years old, I ventured to Wales, the land of my Fathers with a backpack and a mountain bike. I deep dove into that country for 6 weeks, before cell phones, traveled hundreds of miles by bike, train, and truck. As I traveled the length and breadth of that great nation, I hosteled, slept outside, and stayed with families. Most importantly, I learned about revival.
I returned home, and drove to the girl I had a major crush on, now my wife, Andrea. While at her house, her brother told me that a speaker from Wales “who took over for Lloyd-Jones” would be at his Men’s study in Aliso Viejo on Saturday morning. As he said it he was laughing. There was a catch. The Men’s study met at 6am. Having wicked jet lag from a transcontinental flight, knowing I’d need an hour, and assuming this was a practical joke, I decided to chance it and go anyway.
It’s funny how our lives are often hinged upon a minute decision.
That morning I heard something that changed the trajectory of my life forever.
It was the ultimate bandfest where headliners like Radiohead, the Foo Fighters, Beck, Rage Against the Machine and Incubus took the stage in rocked the world as the Woodstock of the 90s.
Simply put, if you were into rock, it was the place to be.
Exponential is the Lollapalooza of church planting.
Hundreds of speakers are under one roof, at any given time, kicking down church planting wisdom applicable to various contexts, models, and methods.
But the thing I appreciate about Exponential the most, is that they get it.
The American past-time isn’t baseball.
It’s getting angry.
Americans are skilled angsters who never miss an opportunity to jump a bandwagon and go to war over something they won’t even remember tomorrow.
Because of our inherent tendency to give knee-jerk reactions, we not only serve as a source of endless laughing stock entertainment to much of the Western World, we also tend to emote our rage without thinking.
When the book The Shack came out years ago, a Pastor slipped it to me in Europe and said, “You didn’t get it from me, but I think you need to read it.” I read it. I cried. It touched me at various points, and made some good points to boot.
Did it have MAJOR theological problems?
You bet it did. Very serious theological problems.
But that shouldn’t determine whether or not you see it.
Today we talk about the unforgivable sin of any preacher.
Our series on preaching over at the Church Planter Podcast is up to part 4!
This week, we move out of the preparation of the preacher, and more onto the delivery of the content.
I am pleased to announce a new series on preaching for the Church Planter Podcast.
This is a subject very close to my heart. Having devoted a good many years to honing my own personal gift of preaching, and studying that of others, my intention is to introduce a new generation of preachers to the timeless principles laid down by Lloyd-Jones, Spurgeon, Tozer, and others.