#1 One of the BHT fellows said it best: "It sucks there won't be any more new iMonk." I would have loved to read his take on the Piper/Warren controversy. Although I'm sure I could guess what he'd have said, it's not the same as actually reading him saying it.
#2 I'm really looking forward to T4G next week. The refreshment of live gospel preaching is something I need for ministry and just my general well-being. Also looking forward to reconnecting with some friends at the Band of Bloggers event and beyond, and of course meeting some for the first time face to face.
#3 Band of Bloggers and T4G may be sold out, but if you're a student minister or youth worker, The Calling May 8 is still open. It's in beautiful Maine. All registrants get a free copy of my new book Abide.
#4 The wife flies in tonight for her last temporary visit until permanent move in May. To say I'm looking forward to being with her is an understatement. The last 9 months have been some of the hardest of our lives, but because God is sovereign and sweet, they have been a blessing in some surprising ways. I think as they've "watched" us be apart in this time, the people of our church here have developed a deeper affection for both of us.
#5 Brian McLaren is a big baby. If you disagree with him, you are a poor brainwashed zombie under Pharisaical control. Or so says he.
#6 So much whining in evangelicalism today. We'd do well to remind ourselves that whining is not a sign of repentance. I think of this whenever I think to peruse the public statements of a fallen pastor who is on the fast track to planting another church. With his girlfriend. I have two things to say about this: "The stuff you've been through" is not stuff that happened to you. It's stuff you did. You are not a victim. And acting like you are is more sign of unrepentance. Secondly: Only in the spiritually and theologically retarded landscape of the Bible Belt can a guy and his mistress crush their spouses, plant a church together, and have it fill with people (and have other Christians applaud them and offer cheap platitudes about "grace").
#7 I leave you with this: My eldest singing "Morning Has Broken" during the offertory on Easter Sunday: