Things I'm Eager About

Here are four things that are dreams, desires and movements that I'm apart of right now.

  1. Japan. I'm heading off in about a month to visit this country and connect with a range of church-planters and leaders there. At the same time there has been a growing grassroots movement of the Holy Spirit here in the U.S. to plant churches and see the gospel advance in Japan. It seems like each week someone new is contacting me about opportunities and desire to see the gospel reach the unreached people group of the Japanese. It really has me excited.
  2. Preaching and teaching. One of things I enjoy the most in ministry regular preaching and teaching of Scripture. Beyond writing I'm not getting to do that too much right now and I miss it badly. The weekly routine of pray, study, preach, repeat was a means of grace for me. There are a few turns in the future but they aren't for a few months out. I am eager to preach and teach and use my gifts in that area to build the church.
  3. Passage. My long labor of love for teenagers is taking the turn to get a third revision. Bumping out some crummy content, putting in some new chapters, changing a few things will update it for another round of training teenagers.
  4. Porterbrook. Porterbrook Kansas is the leadership development program that I run for Journey the Way. We're just about to wrap up our first full study year and I'm excited about the next year, the faculty we have coming to teach and the new connections I'm making who want to be involved with Porterbrook. I'm praying God sends us 75-100 students for year two.

Reading in February


We're already into the second month of 2011 and I needed to bring my faithful readers (thanks mom) up to speed on what I've been reading.  This afternoon I take off for Seattle for my next Re:Train course called "Leader as Prophet".  The aim of the course is to equip guys in Christ-centered preaching.  Bryan Chapell is the teacher for this course and this is the one I have really been looking forward to this year.  Here's the reading list I just completed:

None of these books were a dud and I would recommend you read the last three.  If you are going to be preaching or teaching someday you should read the first one listed, but everybody would be served well by working through the final three books in the list.  I am excited to learn more about the ministry of preaching and how to better do it.  I am praying that God would show me more grace and help me continue to develop and grow in bring the gospel to bear on the lives of people from the Scriptures in a clear and compelling way by the power of the Holy Spirit.