#1 I carved out a couple of days two weeks ago to finish up my manuscript for Gospel Wakefulness. Then I got sick. Hoping to find another spot in my schedule soon to finish this thing up. I eager to get it to the publisher. If you're so inclined, I'd appreciate your prayers in this regard. I am really hoping this book will be a blessing to many and I am grateful for Crossway's enthusiasm about it.
#2 Scot McKnight asks Gospel Coalition/Together 4 the Gospel -type people if complementarianism is essential to the gospel. It's a good question. He suggests the answer he'd like to hear. I find it interesting that 3 comments in -- and several more thereafter -- somebody's already saying complementarianism is incompatible with the gospel. So I suppose the conversation's kinda going the other way.
#3 Seen on Facebook: Instead of calling ourselves "pro-life," how about "fetal-rights advocates"? I like it.
#4 Forget burning Korans. Let's burn Ikea catalogs and 401K statements.
#5 Here's a really good post from Bob Thune called "Maybe You Shouldn't Plant a Church". Very good words here. Bob himself makes allowance for exceptions, but I would just throw out that just because something is hard, doesn't mean someone's not called. Isaiah said "Here am I; send me!" and got sent to people who didn't care and didn't listen. To some extent, hardship is part of the package. But that's a nuance and a caveat that doesn't take away from Bob's words of wisdom, and certainly it isn't outside the scope of his post in any event.
#6 I'm still receiving emails from my Resurgence piece about New England as mission field. I'm not able to keep up with responding substantively to them all, actually. One difficult spot is having someone say "I'm in. What do I do?", and I don't know what to tell them. There are no jobs up here, so even bivo planters will be scraping up a living unless they have raised good support. Some of the churches up here, mine included, are just now working through how to facilitate plants, support plants, and plant plants, so the infrastructure and resources are not there yet to fund planters or plants. We'll get there, but we need some real pioneers. The ground is hard too; don't forget that.
I am grateful for your heart. I am praying for your will and endurance.