How funny that my 11th lent book was called 11! That was totally unintentional – it must be a sign!!
Anywho – I recommend to all young or inexperience preachers to read a Sweet book at least once a year. The amount of great stuff that he packs into every single book is awesome. You simply don’t find Leonard Sweet books that are a waste of time and/or money. 11 is a book about the relationships that you need to become who you are meant to be. Pretty good thoughts.
Here’s some cool take-aways:
- p.25, “The worst thing you can do is to create a matched community, an inner circle of people who see life exactly as you do. Life is becoming more complex, not less, which necessitates an ever-greater diversity of counsel.”
- p.41, “The difficult truth can concern little things. Our sins make us look ridiculous more than anything.”
- p.71, “Bishop John Sperry, the retired Anglican bishop of the Arctic, had been a missionary bishop in the vast Yukon Territory, where there was no Inuit (Eskimo) translation of the Bible. So, he set about producing one, but fairly quickly came to a sudden halt. In the Inuit language there is no word for joy, just images and metaphors. When the translators came to the resurrection story, they had to find a word to express joy, and the closest metaphor to what joy meant in Inuit culture was ‘wagging the tail’. That explains why in Inuit, John 20:20 became, ‘When the disciples saw the Lord, they wagged their tails.’ “
- p.129, “The founder of my tribe, John Wesley, had no problem with his itinerants or anyone else disagreeing with him…in Wesley’s own words, ‘I have no more right to object to a man for holding a different opinion from mine than I have to differ with a man because he wears a wig and I wear my own hair.’ But then Wesley kept the metaphor going: ‘But if he takes his wig off and shakes the powder in my face, I shall consider it my duty to quit of him as soon as possible.’ “
- p.132, “Earl Creps testifies that ‘in countless hours of writing, talking and consulting about baton-passing, I had assumed the whole time that we had something that younger leaders wanted to inherit. But what if that’s not true?’ Creps goes on to pose two questions for us: a) ‘Is the notion of ‘baton-passing’ just a Baby Boomer conceit? Would the Church be better served by more ‘start-ups’?” b) ‘Is the Emerging Church mainly an example of being offered the baton and saying, ‘No thanks’?’ “