Tuesday, September 30, 2008

What I'm Reading Right Now

Craig Groeschel leads Lifechurch.tv, a church that is dedicated to being a reproducing, multi-site organization ("one church, multiple locations").  Craig spoke at the 2008 Leadership Summit and gave a stirring, exhilirating and truth-filled talk that continues to resonate in my heart.

He spoke about the (almost) indefinable, elusive "it" that marks the unexplainable attraction to something or someone.  In this context, Groeschel talks about the life-changing power of a church that has "it".

It is fascinating, this concept of the God of the universe - almighty, all-powerful, omnipresent, creator of all things being reduced to a boring, unapproachable, politicized head of an institution found on street corners and interstates all over this country.  But, sadly, it is happening.  All too often, the Jesus that we love is boxed up and set aside as completely irrelevant and unnecessary.  Too much passion - for Jesus, for people outside the walls of the church, for the hurting and disenfranchised - is frowned upon, and not just by those outside the walls, but sometimes by those within. 

Jan is asking questions about this on her always-fascinating blog.  I am learning from the questions she posits, from the fact that I have no easy answers.  Others are praying and pushing and opening dialogue and moving their feet to declare the truth about incredible, exciting, transformative faith found in Jesus.  These are exciting times.

I love the church, and I love Jesus, and I am really digging this book.  Groeschel is an engaging, honest writer.  His stories will give you great insight and make you laugh, and the challenges that unfold just might change your world.

And just might change your church.

You can find "It" here.  You can read Craig Groeschel's blog posts here.

1 comment:

Craig Groeschel said...

Beth, I am so excited God is using the book to speak to you. You made my day! Blessings to you and your ministry!