#1 Francis Chan is leaving the pastorate. Or at least, he's leaving his current pastorate. Check out the video interview with Catalyst here. He says, "I'd love to be obscure again." What an anomaly in the celebrity pastor world.
#2 On a related note, you can now watch the Band of Bloggers presentations on "Gospel Fidelity and Internet Idolatry" at Tim Brister's blog. My bit was on incarnating integrity and blogging gospel exultation. The feedback was great, and I was grateful for all the hard work Tim, the Sojourn crew, Owen Strachan, and other volunteers put into making it all come together.
#3 One of the attendees, though, who received a copy of the leader kit for my new book Abide wrote me this past weekend to complain about the warmed-over Catholic mysticism and New Age spirituality in the book. I was perplexed. Some of the stuff he put in quotation marks in his email aren't even actual phrases from the book. The other things he seemed concerned about didn't sound familiar as something I'd write. As I pressed deeper, I realized he was objecting to some of the language used in the exercise sections of the book, which weren't written by me, but by Threads editors. Still, my name is on the book, so I am responsible for all that's in it, I know. Some of the stuff recommended seems kinda frou-frou to me, but I don't see how one could get "New Age spirituality" from it. The other thing the guy didn't like was a sidebar quote from Bill Hybels. I totally own that, as that came from my text. I understand the impulse to reject anything somebody says if we disagree with their approach to ecclesiology or what-have-you. But I don't share the impulse. Anyone who reads my stuff long enough knows I have serious issues with the seeker-driven, attractional mindset. But I can recognize when a brother in Christ I disagree with on some things says others that I find helpful. (The quote in question was about prayer.)
#4 So before the T4G conference last week I posted something about dudes not watching porn in their hotel rooms, and it got a lot of traction. Now I wonder if someone should have posted something about not being idiots at restaurants and cafes, because while I was in Louisville I kept hearing horror stories. One waitress told us that one party she waited on left her a $7 tip on an $80 bill but also left one of those fake million-dollar-bill gospel tracts. Another got "Way of the Master"ed while she served a table. She was in tears relating this to another pastor, who ministered to her more gently. I abominate whoever left the fake money tract. The lines for service were long last week, so there was a lot of sighing and eye rolling and short temperedness from Christians who forgot they were there to serve.
#5 Celtics are up the first game against Miami in first round of playoffs. Game 2 is tomorrow night but no Kevin Garnett. :-(