Well, today I’m off to the Emergent Convention. It’s a pastor’s convention with an emphasis on a postmodern take on things, exploring what it means to do church in a changing culture. Because, frankly, it’s important to study a culture if you are going to make the gospel at all relevant to it. And, as evidenced by even a casual look at churches these days, there is something about the gospel not being effectively communicated or connecting with people.

This year’s theme is an examination of humanity, church, scripture, and truth. Relax, it’s okay to question your faith to see if it’s working for you.

My big hope is that I’m able to see and hear Brian McLaren. His book, A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey, has been instrumental in me re-examining and re-connecting with my faith. So, I’m hoping to hang with him again, pick his brain over his latest book The Last Word and the Word after That : A Tale of Faith, Doubt, and a New Kind of Christianity. Before they string him up as a heretic.

Oh, and I’m hoping to maybe pitch a non-fiction project or two while I’m down there. Above all, I hope to come back as jazzed as I did last year. Get back in time to hit the ground running and get to the serious part of planting a church.

This is a long winded way of saying I’ll be off-board/off-Internet/incommunicado for the next week. You know, in case you’re wondering and find yourself missing me.

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