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I’ve been blogging since June of 2008. Since then, I’ve written over 700 posts.
I remember as far back as 2001, some of my friends encouraged me to start a blog. And I kept saying to them, “I don’t have the time.”
Well, I didn’t . . . and I still don’t. But here I am, blogging. (If I could explain the above sentence to you, I’d be three-fold a Solomon.)
So here’s my list.
1. Blogging allows me to pre-test my ideas and writing.
2. Blogging allows my readers to get to know me better.
3. Blogging helps me clarify my thoughts on a particular topic.
5. Blogging has made my ministry more visible and far-reaching.
On today’s blog, I’d like to ask you all to weigh-in on a simple but important question:
What inspires you?
“Inspires me to do what?,” you might ask.
To do whatever it is you like to do . . .
What inspires you to pursue the Lord? What inspires you to write (if you are an author or blogger)? What inspires you to put your hand to whatever else God has given to you to do in this life?
The older I get, the more clearly I am beginning to isolate and identify those things that give me inspiration, energy, motivation and stir the creative juices that God has given me to carry out the work He’s called me to do.
So let us know what does that for you.[Continue Reading…]
So far, the two most common questions I’ve been asked are (1) why did you and Len write the book? (2) you both have very different writing styles, so what was the process of writing together like?
I answered the first question yesterday. Here’s the answer to the second question.
While our writing styles are different, Len and I have one thing in common that made this project particularly fun.
We both heavily employ the use of metaphor in our writing. Among other things, Len is largely known for inventing new terms and using a single metaphor to describe a particular idea.
My writing is commonly peppered with word pictures that are intended to create vivid images in the minds of the readers. I like to paint with words. This penchant comes through strongly in my book From Eternity to Here and throughout many of the chapters in Reimagining Church.[Continue Reading…]
I’m often asked about the inspirations for my writing, and if I view writing as part of my ministry.
I’ll tackle the inspiration question first.
Essentially, four things inspire me to write:
Those who keep up with this blog and my quarterly personal update (and who know me personally) are aware that I spend a great deal of time on the ground working with organic church communities.
So a large part of my ministry is spent sitting in living rooms with God’s people in intimate settings, sharing Jesus Christ with them, observing the members share the riches of Christ together, making discoveries, serving, aiding, navigating through problems, learning, and receiving their portion of the Lord.
This is a major inspiration for my writing. I don’t consider myself to be a theologian, scholar, philosopher, or poet. I’m much closer to a watchful biologist who observes and then writes about what he’s discovered about this organism called the ekklesia as she encounters and expresses her Lord in uncommon and creative ways.
In short, I cannot separate my writing from my work in the trenches with God’s people, for the two are deeply connected.[Continue Reading…]
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