Here’s my first Five Star Friday! This is where I share with you what’s kicking around under the ninja hood, and tell you about what’s inspiring me, firing me, or still acquiring me.
It could be anything that I’m picking up and carrying with me on this journey, and I’ll lay it down for you here
1.My new business cards
I haven’t been this excited for something in a long time.
For years, I’ve wanted some author cards that I could hand out when speaking on my books, or talking to churches, leadership teams, or at conferences.
Some people say that business cards are a thing of the past, but I can literally throw them at people…and they hurt.
They’re shaped like ninja throwing stars, and they’re the coolest thing I’ve seen. Ever!
I want to take a moment and give a shout out to my assistant Coleman, who made these little beauties up.
The picture up above is actually a picture of one.
2. Book: Devil in the White City
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it presents the heights of human achievement, against the backdrop of the deepest depths of depravity. The book chronicles the mad rush to create the World’s fair in Chicago in the late 19th century, and shines the light on one of the darkest corners in America’s first serial killer who lured people from the fair to his “murder castle”. On one hand, you wish you hadn’t been let in on the secret, but it’s tastefully done and focuses more on the World Fair, and all that went with it, like the invention of the Ferris Wheel, and other things that have become parts of our daily lives. In the end, the reader is left to conclude that much of what was accomplished during that particular World’s Fair was done with copious amounts of greed, blinding ambition, and man’s attempt to create another Babel.
3. Music: Radiohead – Kid A
Wow, this album takes me back. There are times in your life when you come back to an album for whatever reason. Music is a place I’ve often turned over the long haul of ministry, much like David. Not being a musician, I’m dependent upon the talent of others to soothe my soul. Radiohead is a go-to band for me, much like Buckley, or U2 have been. Radiohead’s Kid A was written after a nervous breakdown by lead singer Thom Yorke, after making one of the top albums of all time and touring over 300 shows afterwards. By the time he got to the end, he’d felt as if he hated that album, hated rock, hated it all. He rented a house off the Devonshire coast, sat at a grand piano that he barely knew how to play, and abandoned rock. Kid A marked Yorke’s return to music as therapy, and departed from rock, laying the foundation for bands to come like Coldplay and others who were inspired by their new direction. Many fans loved it, while as many scratched their heads. The truth about this album is that it is emotive more than anything, and the music was created to make you feel again. After a grueling couple of years dealing with baby surgeries, Andrea’s cancer, and a bit of somnambulant travel, this album does it for me. I listened to it copiously in my study when serving as the evangelist at Lloyd-Jones’s church, Sandfields, and putting it on brings me back to sitting at Lloyd-Jones’s vestry table (made into my desk), writing sermons, looking out the window past a 200 year old stone wall cropped by ancient oak trees, and down a lush green valley that ran to the sea. Yeah, I’m there…
4. Exponential: Heromaker
I can’t remember being this excited about a theme. It goes with my life’s goal of equipping the next generation to expand the kingdom through reformation and revival. Heromaker is where you don’t get to be the star, or the hero. Instead, you are like Jesus, raising up others. Remember that Jesus’s 3 year ministry was spent primarily pouring into 12 other men. Paul’s ministry took the same turn during his second missionary journey. You’ll be hearing a lot more about Exponential this year from me, and I can’t wait to unpack this theme with them more in the coming months. It’s what I do…
5.Quote:”All our life is a celebration for us; we are convinced, in fact, that God is always everywhere. We sing while we work, we sing hymns while we sail, we pray while we carry out all life’s other occupations.” -Clement of Alexandria (Shared by Winfield Bevins on Twitter. I highly recommend you download his new free ebook about John Wesley called “The Making Of A Movement”which incidentally is part of the HeroMaker themed resources at Exponential.org)
Buy Peyton’s newest book “Reaching The Unreached: Becoming Raiders of the Lost Art” over on Amazon.com. You can also download a free chapter and watch a cool trailer for the book HERE or click the image below.