What I’ve been reading:
Playing with Fire by Gordon Ramsey – So, I sometimes watch Gordon Ramsey, the foul mouthed cook on t.v. In fairness, I watch him bleeped out, or the wife and I find it to much. I stumbled onto this gem of a book while over in Wales during an outing with some good friends to a National Trust site (think a preservation society for historical buildings and estates). Heading inside to grab a cup of tea and cake, there was a “book bin” and this book was the only one I’d spend time reading. It was 2 pounds (3 dollars). May be the best 3 dollars I’ve spent in a while. It chronicles Ramsay’s business ventures and developments. As an apostolic guy I always value reading about what people build. Paul uses building terms to describe church planting. When someone can succeed and fail intermittently and live to tell the tale, it’s a win. But when someone can share with others with full honesty, and humility, it’s always helpful. Gordon might perform for the camera with the tough guy act, (he’s a puppy dog at home with his family according to his wife) but he’s brutally honest in this book. That alone is worth the price of admission…three dollars, remember.
Project I’ve been working on:
The Reaching The Unreached Cohort. We had a stellar first night. Only two weeks to go, but man, I love doing this. Between writing, preaching, and training people to reach their communities, the training and equipping others is by far my favorite. The cohort ran on Monday night and will run for three sessions. This is just a taster for the much larger course that I’ll be building around the book. One of the guys mentioned on social media the next day that he was still digesting a very full night of gleaning. Good thing learning is a two way street. I learn as much as I teach!
Things I’ve been contemplating:
Why Reaching The Unreached only has 30 reviews on Amazon. I mean, the book has sold way more than Church Zero, and yet Zero has 130 reviews on Amazon. Not sure why this book has been stagnating at the 30 reviews. The cool thing is that they’re almost all 5 star. Even Zero had its fair share of people who didn’t appreciate all the references to pop culture (Freaks!). Anyways, if you’d skip over to Amazon and leave a review, I’d be so grateful, particularly if the book has helped you in any way. Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/
I’d be very grateful for your help!
What I’m learning:
I’m learning a lot about conflict, confrontation, and the rest that goes with it. I find that people who get angry a lot are often afraid. The more I understand that, the more I seek to understand than to be understood. Somebody gave me that tidbit of advice recently, and I’m grateful for. That said, I’m learning that things go much better in conflict when you’re honest about your feelings, but don’t jump to conclusions. Always give the other person the benefit of the doubt. It help to avoid a lot of needless drama. Always take the high road in a situation. Always.
What I’m listening to:
Okay, so don’t laugh. I often feel like a black man trapped in a white man’s body. My very first album ever was the Muppet Movie…okay, so that one doesn’t count…but I still listen to it. But my first REAL album ever bought was Hall and Oates – Body and Soul Part 1. Beauty and the Bee did a reinterpretation of it a few years back called “Reinterpreting the Masters”. It’s awesome. Seriously. But Daryl Hall and John Oates performed live at the Apollo. That’s pretty fly for some white guys. I’ve been rediscovering their old stuff recently. You could say that I cut my teeth as a kid on their “Greatest Hits” album, but right now I’m going through a “Soul” revival. That’s the musical style…I mean, I hope for a spiritual soul revival, but I’m speaking about the musical genre. In particular I’m enjoying their album “Abandoned Luncheonette” circa 1973…the year I was born! I always tell people that I was born a couple of decades too late. Most of my best friends agree. Getting to know me, you find I’m a dichotomy of the old, the new, and the next in no particular order. The point is, this album is good. It sounds nothing like the Hall and Oates I love. It’s folksy. It’s totally different, but I dig it. They’re still masters, no matter what genre they’re playing. Don’t know who I’m talking about? Doh…this is one of the occupational hazards of training the next generation. They don’t know what you’re talking about half the time. Don’t worry. Your time to make obscure references is coming. In fact, most of us don’t know what the heck you’re talking about either!
Okay, I’ve been visible for too long. Time for this ninja to disappear back into the shadows.