Rollins, Insurrection

Last time I read Peter Rollins it took me two reads to actually get what was going on, and then I loved it.  So, I picked up Rollins newest, Insurrection, I decided to read through it first quickly and then go back over it and note it up and stuff.

So, it took longer than I hopped because of what all is on my plate right now, but I finished (ta-dah)!

It is a fantastic book and pushes just as much as Rollins’ previous work. Much of the material can be seen in video form on Rollins’ blog from his time at Rob Bell’s Poets, Prophets and Preachers event. It has a secret code link to the full interview in the back of the book. Which is worth the price of admission itself. If you are into it, let me know and I can send you the link.

I’ll post interesting quotes when I finish it for a second time – probably early next year.

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Weekend Update, October 24, 2011

What a great weekend!  Here’s what’s up!

  • Friday night I actually worked late, on the Grove’s policy manual. It was invigorating and made me sarcastic!
  • Then, our family make cookie bowls, but baking cookies over an upside down muffin tin. We attempted this once before, without Heather. This time it actually worked!
  • Saturday morning we woke up and exercised. It is so weird being a fitness person now. We wake up before the sun and a strangely happy person on the television tells us to do repetitive and awkward quasi-dance moves while counting backwards. It’s a unique skill set I think.
  • Then I had my last game for fall for the Crickets! It’s a U-6 girls soccer team I coach on which my little girl plays. We are dominant. We’ve only really run into a couple teams that play at our level. I’m supposed to teach the girls that ‘winning is just having fun’, but somehow they figured out that winning is when you score more goals than the other team.
  • Saturday night I got to go to a 40th birthday surprise party. It was so fun because it was almost all cops, and held in the Elks lodge, so it was my first time in an Elks lodge too! Pretty interesting!
  • Sunday morning was spent at The Grove, another great Sunday. Just an awesome group of people. My highlight was the band doing a song that they wrote themselves. It was so cool to see people worshiping God together with a song that was born in our own church!
  • Sunday afternoon I fell asleep sitting up. Apparently I was tired.
  • Sunday night the college kids came over and we had a super interesting conversation about the directions that people’s faith journey’s take in young adulthood, and what the role of the church is, and could be.

This week coming up should be great too! Got a couple fun meetings lined up, LJ’s first basketball game of the season and a loaded scripture to preach from on Sunday.  The big downer for this week is I am behind on my fitness goals, so I am going to be cranky from not eating enough cookies 🙂

On the Reading Shelf

Right in the middle of my desk I keep my current books and I noticed today that it’s getting kinda full! Here’s what I’m reading right now:

  • The ESV study Bible – working to read through it again, started in January, only in Deuteronomy. It’s just to good to skim, I can’t do it. My mind is continually blown!
  • Church in the Present Tense  – this is written by multiple authors and seems to be about the emerging church and what’s happening right now
  • Insurrection, by Peter Rollins – This is just stellar. I already planned on reading it twice through, so this first time I’m not making any markings, just taking it all in.
  • The Gospel in a Pluralist Society – used this for research for my last sermon series, but now I am reading it through with a group of guys. We meet this Saturday for the first time, looking forward to this one.
  • Transformissional Coaching by Steve Ogne and Tim Roehl – Reading this for the third time. I am not naturally good at coaching, but it is a key skill (I think) to help me lead The Grove where God seems to be leading.
  • The Book of Ruth by Robert L. Hubbard Jr. – Reading this commentary for the next sermon series. The actual book of Ruth is about 4 pages, this commentary is 300 pages.
  • NIV Application Commentary (Judges and Ruth) by K. Lawson Younger JR. – This is a really handy commentary series too.
  • An Introduction to the Old Testament Historical Books by David M. Howard Jr. – just reading the section on Ruth, this has amazing insight into culture and context for the first half of the Old Testament.

On deck(still…):

  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky – I’ve started this book twice already and now will again. It’s about a billion pages long, so it takes a while.
  • Meet Mrs. Smith by Anna Smith – this is written by Martin Smith’s (of Delirious) wife about their lives.
  • Josephus, the Complete Works – Started this in the summer, but need to get back into it.
  • How to Wow Your Church Guests by Mark Waltz – seems funny to list this one next to Josephus, but that’s the range of my reading I guess.

Pierson, The Art of Curating Worship

Mark Pierson is a pastor from New Zealand who has been engaging and developing community worship gatherings since the eighties. According to the bio on the back of the book he pours his life into helping those on the fringes of the church to encounter God. This book seems to be a part of a larger online ministry, Clayfire, which is networking people and ideas for creative worship events.

The basic premise of the book is Pierson’s reshaping of the role of a worship leader, from a song leader, to a leader of the community engaging worship in a more experiential way. He turns the worship gathering from a song and sermon event to an experiential event that engages people on multiple levels.

What I like about Pierson is that he focuses on the need for the church, if it is to actually emerge, must ask deeper and harder questions of itself. He writes on page 17, “My concern now is that the emerging-church movement isn’t asking deep enough questions about its practice.”

This is a good book for pastors and leaders who want to engage emerging generations either in new works or in bringing change to existing churches. Pierson won’t just let you make surface changes, he’ll walk you through some questions that have to be asked in order to make the philosophical shifts that will make your worship authentic to the people God gathers.

Smith, Delirious

The band Delirious provided much of the soundtrack of my formative years. I got bored of “christian” music quickly, but there seemed to be music coming from Christians in the U.K. that just said something to me and made me believe it all might be true. Delirious was one of those bands – some would say they were the band.

So, last year when they decided to end their time as a band I was bummed. But I did get to see their final concert on television and it was outstanding. And then, amazon recommended to me Martin Smith’s (the lead singer) new autobiography, Delirious: My Journey with The Band, a Growing Family, and an Army of History Makers, I was pretty stoked.

The book itself is a rush. Smith lets you in to see how he ended up singing in a band, all the way from how God changed his life to the business sides of things that they struggled to balance. It’s honest and refreshing to read, especially if you are into Delirious. There’s even some serious critique of american christian music and the christian music industry – stuff you won’t hear from someone who still wants their label to sell records for them.

For me personally, this book came at a perfect time in my life. God used it to open me up a little more and bring some real fresh life to our relationship. It’s been so good for me and so freeing. I don’t know why or what happened, but I like it!