The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when New Year’s resolutions will be made yet again. Wait.
That’s not in the bible.
But it certainly does seem prophetic. They come around every year and sometimes they improve our lives in countless ways, and sometimes they just make us frustrated. But somehow every year, I get swept up in the idea of making improvements. I love the idea of learning something new or making better some aspect of my life. So, I’ve been thinking about how to do this in my professional life and I have (yet another) crazy idea. Are you ready?
I’m thinking about starting a congregation-wide reading plan. There are some really outstanding books out in the world that teach about life together as a congregation that I think would be great for us to read together as a community of faith.
But here’s the tricky part of all of this. It’s not really *my* New Year’s resolution if I’m asking you to do it. So, I guess what I’m asking is this: would you join me in doing just a little bit of reading together as a congregation? I think it might be good for our church. I feel like it might start some valuable conversations about who we are and what we believe and why we care.
How does that sound?
Crazy, I know. But…I think we can do it. I really do.
I even have the first book picked out. And the second. Oooooh, and maybe the third. (I’m so excited!)
I’ll keep you posted on when we’ll have discussions, but….the title of the first book is “Autopsy of a Deceased Church” by Thom Rainer. We have a bunch of copies in the church office that our council has already used, but if you want to get your own copy, I’m pretty sure we have one or two Amazon Prime members in our congregation. J
Friends in Christ, I think we’re going to have a great year. I think God’s going to do some amazing things. You are loved by a loving God. Isn’t that good news?
P.S. Have you written down my phone numbers in your important stuff? Here they are:
Home: 570-966-9674, Cell: 570-768-5020—feel free to text me, too. And then call me if important things happen, okay? Thanks!