Growing in Christlikeness | Go Mission

By: Go Mission  09-12-2011

I just came back from my morning coffee where the friendly manager asked what I would be doing for the ceremony today?  I wrestled with how to respond honestly.  Then I sat down in the comfortable leather chair and read the following article in the Globe & Mail.  I think it expresses my struggle.

Could we as followers of Christ explore a response that honors the sacrifices but is honest about pushing for better solutions to conflict.

I am back to work after a short vacation.  A few days were spent around the house cleaning & organizing the garage but the bulk was spent in the saddle of my bicycle, sometime in a Kayak and I read two big novels.  Oh, the forgotten joy of reading a good story has me all excited about encouraging us to be readers and learners.

Yes, of course the most important reading we do is in the Bible, which I am working at with fresh joy and diligence as well.  So, with that affirmed, what books besides the Bible have shaped you in a profound way?  It might be a novel, a old classic or a new best seller?  Don’t worry – I will start and then invite you to join me.  Maybe we can create a top 10 list of some sort.

I’ve been working my way through this confessional book by Mike Lueken and Kent Carlson, two pastoral leaders who grew a large church in southern California and then began asking questions about what “success” should really look like in terms of growth. That sent them on a journey in deeper formation in Christ, and it was a journey that took them on the dark road of encountering their own ambition and personal egos.

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