Small Cloud Rising

Six weeks ago my friend Dave Gibbons told me he has a new book coming out. I immediately asked for a copy because Dave ALWAYS has a unique insight worth hearing. Honestly, I didn’t even know what the book was about, but I still wanted to read it!

So he sent me an early copy of Small Cloud Rising: How Creatives, Dreamers, Poets, and Misfits are Awakening the Ancient Future Church. A short book, in some ways more of a poem, it captures the readers imagination as it floats through Dave’s thoughts and visions for the future of our life together in the Church.

Wow. All I can say after reading the book is simply WOW. Dave captures the spirit of what it means to be a Church without ever falling into the trap of describing how to do church. Like a poem, the book is sometimes hard to discern, a bit misty, like a cloud. Those who want something tangible, a 12-step program, are going to be disappointed. But those of us who are tired of structural relics and want to better understand the spirit of life together … well, we are going to be challenged and encouraged as we sort through what these visions mean to us.

If you are in church ministry, I recommend the book. You might find it unnerving. You might find it silly (especially if you are not the creative type and crave structure). And you might find it idealistic. But you will not find it boring. You will not find it empty. You will not put it down.

Read it. You’ll see what I mean.

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Middle East Christianity and RFRA

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan has written a powerful call to action on the persecution of Middle East Christianity. Naturally CNN over dramatized it with the headline, “Will this be Christians’ last Easter in Iraq?” But the point of the article is powerful and troubling. Cardinal Dolan writes, “Rarely since the first century has the church in… Read More

Scary Close, by Donald Miller

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For over a decade Donald Miller has been exploring his inner thoughts about the complexities of faith in a culture seeking to package our spiritual journey into something neat and tidy. His latest book Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy continues the story. It explores the messiness of relationships and the beauty to be found… Read More

Meet Me in Atlantis

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One of my favorite books of 2012 was Mark Adam’s Turn Right at Machu Picchu. It was fun, informative, and adventurous. So when Mark (who I have never met) emailed an announcement about a new book describing his search for Atlantis, I knew it was going to be on my reading list. Meet Me in Atlantis:… Read More

#35ToFreedom

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I had a remarkable time with the PathLight staff last week in Belize. Along with a dozen or so guests, we toured villages, met with government leaders, interacted with students, and heard about the amazing impact the interlocking programs of PathLight has had on so many lives. This week PathLight is launching a new initiative… Read More

The Colors of Hope

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The second of twelve books I’m reading this year on the journey of hope is The Colors of Hope: Becoming People of Mercy, Justice, and Love by Richard Dahlstrom. Some of the books I’ll read will talk about the meaning of hope, others will talk about the hope God provides, but this book takes it… Read More

Vine Hill Ranch

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Sometimes the simplest experiences — like wine tasting —  become memorable moments. Such was the case during our visit to Vine Hill Ranch, which produces grapes for some of the finest wineries in the region. This includes their own label, VHR. It all began when sommelier Erik Johnson suggested we try the 2011 VHR Cabernet Sauvignon. It… Read More