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Adventures in Churchland sample is up on Scribd!

In last week’s “Thursday Giveaway” we handed out two copies of Adventures in Churchland by Dan Kimball. In order for folks to be elligible to win one of the copies they had to leave a funny story that happened to them in “churchland” (read: in Christian subculture). The stories were so funny I was laughing out loud as I read them. I highly recommend reading the comments on this post. Even the author chimed in.

For those of you who are interested in the book but either didn’t win one of the giveaway copies or haven’t yet purchased a copy you can check out this sample chapter from Scribd.com:

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Adventures in Churchland can be purchased at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Christianbook.com or wherever books are sold.

Watch full sessions from Zondervan curriculum

Have you ever watched a trailer for a movie and then watched the movie and realized that the trailer was either the best part of the movie, or that it told you nothing of the real plot of the movie?  well, curriculum trailers are not like that, but sometimes watching the 90-120 second trailer isn’t just enough to know if you want to spend 4-12 weeks with an author, topic, or study.

However, the first session is a good indicator of what the rest of the curriculum will be like, so we are making the first sessions of our video-based curriculum available for free on YouTube.  As of today we have 17 different full sessions loaded on a playlist and will be adding more and more until they are all available.

Watch curriculum sessions from bestselling authors like John Ortberg, Bill Hybels, Jim Cymbala, Craig Groeschel, Andy Stanley, Lysa TerKeurst, and others.  Then, if you like what you see, you can visit Amazon, CBD.com, BN.com or your local retailer and get the DVD and Participant’s Guides for yourself or your small group.



servolution blog tour

servolutiontoday is the blog tour for dino rizzo’s new book servolution which is part of the leadership network innovation series.  you can visit dino’s blog for a list of all the blogs that are participating in the tour.  anne jackson is giving away copies of the book on her blog, and you can also win copies here.  i’ll give away 6 copies each to 4 random people who comment below on how they have reached out with their small group to their community.  you can then use the book within your small group and glean new insights on how to reach out and continue a servolution within your community.

for  taste, here’s a sampler for the leadership network innovation series with full sample chapter from each of the 8 books.  servolution is the final chapter in this sampler:

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questions from the divine commodity blog tour

olive-treesyesterday skye jethani visited a host of different blogs talking about consumerism, christians and the church.  each blog asked him a question, and he responded to each one.  below is a list of the participating blogs and their questions.  please visit the blogs to see their posts and skye’s answer to their questions.  and if you have a question for skye regarding the divine commodity, visit the divine commodity facebook group and post it up there, or visit his blog.

Out of Urno question, but a book excerpt is up

Flowerdust.netFor those of us who have read The Divine Commodity, we know you’re not being divisive or writing about “what’s wrong” with the church.  We know that it’s a book that explores the culture of modern-day faith and Biblical context and wisdom.

Why should a pastor read this book?  How can those of us who aren’t pastors graciously help communicate the message of The Divine Commodity without coming off like we have an agenda?

Stuff Christians Like -In your book you unfold a beautiful picture of Van Gogh’s faith, something that largely, if not entirely, was missed by believers that lived in his generation. Who are we in danger of missing today? What artists, are worshipping and pointing us back to an unbelievably imaginative God, and going wholly unnoticed in our generation?

Mark D Roberts -I would like to ask you to talk about the relationship between your book and the recent Newsweek cover story on “The End of Christian America.” I can think of several interesting connections, but rather than asking about these, I’d rather give you free reign to comment on how you see The Divine Commodity relating to state of Christianity in America, and especially its purportedly waning influence.

Ben Arment -You wrote about the move among churches from collaboration to competition. I totally see this. In fact, the very churches that advocate cooperation seem to be the most ruthless at gobbling up “market share.” How do we get back from here?

Church Relevance -How can a church best avoid becoming a victim of consumer culture?

Bob Hyatt -So, what do you say to the pastor or Christian leader who decides to embrace consumer-driven ideas and principles for ministry because they “work?”

Cole-Slaw -Skye, what is the most extreme example of consumer-oriented Christianity you have seen or heard about?

The Forgotten Ways -Are you hopeful that we can recover an authentic discipleship ethos in the church given our enculturation by consumerism?

Reclaiming the Mission -how can pastors take advantage of this economic upheaval to forge a new post consumer post American way of being church-mission in the world?

Shaun Groves -What message does God have through The Divine Commodity for church leaders and the rest of us who are fretting over the dwindling size and influence of the American church?

Frank Viola -Skye, suppose that the leadership team of a local church of 100 committed members comes to you and asks, “We want to *fully* unleash the imagination inherent in the members of our congregation to express Jesus Christ in creative and effective ways, and we are willing to do ANYTHING you prescribe to accomplish this goal, no matter how drastic or radical it may be.” What would you tell them?

The Gospel-Driven Church -What specific advice would you give the churchgoer who is growing more disillusioned by the moment with the deadening consumerism of his or her church? The closest you come to prescription in the book is saying it is about personal transformation as seed-planting, but imagine someone is telling you personally that their church has lost all sense of the gospel and discipleship in community and that they don’t know what to do about it. What would you say to them?

Lee Coate -One, is the church responsible and even able to “set culture” as opposed to responding to it or attempting to remain relevant with it?  (This question is based on the angst that many younger “professional” (pastors) Christians have expressed to me regarding their desire to see the church setting the pace in culture as opposed to merely reacting to it.  Do you believe this is the churches calling and if so, is it actually possible?  After experiencing the Religious Right, I’m not sure I want the church dictating government and/or the culture.  In our conversations, art and music are usually mentioned as a way in which the church can regain the leading voice in culture.

Take Your Vitamin Z -Imagine you are talking to a new church planter. What are some practical things that you could communicate to him that boil down what you have learned in the process of writing your book that could help him guard against building a consumer church?

Staying Focused -In your book, you talk about the need to relearn the lost art of friendship (page 103).  Coming from an introvert who finds Facebook and Twitter great tools to aid me in keeping up with people, can you please explain what the lost art of friendship is and how we would go about relearning it?  Also, I’ve noticed that people from other cultures can spend hours and days sitting and sharing together. Is this required in this lost art?

Preaching Today -In The Divine Commodity, you explore how rampant consumerism has invaded the church. On a more specific level, how have you seen consumerism affect preaching, and how might today’s preacher remedy any wrongs?

Off the Agenda -What do you say to the Christian leader who favors applying consumer-driven principles to ministry because they “work?”


put the book down

jack-reading-a-booki love reading, and have as long as i can recall.  i am always in the middle of 2 to three books and have worked in and around books most or my working years.  since my son jack was born, my reading time has significantly shriveled.  and while i wish i had more time to read, there is only one book that has anything to say to me more important than my boy.  all other reading has had to be squeezed into sudden free time.  so this morning when i woke up a bit early, read my morning bible reading and had 30 free minutes i was excited to read.

7-days-of-servolutionbut i didn’t.  instead i did a few things around the house to (hopefully) help my wife out today so she can do other things.  as i was putting dishes away i was reminded of henri nouwen working among the developmentally disabled people in l’arche.  many times we can learn more when we serve than when we take in information.  dino rizzo wrote servolution, not to be a best-selling author, but to help spread the message of creating a church culture of serving.  while we want the book to do well, we would really like people reading the book to put it down and “pick up a towel”.

i don’t think it was an accident that my daily bible reading included philippians 2.  paul says, “do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others as better than yourselves.  each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.  your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: who being in very nature of God did not consider equality something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant.”

to help spark some servanthood, i would also like to offer copies of servolution to people involved in a small group that are willing to use the ideas in the book with their group and serve.  so if you have a group of 6-20 and are interested in getting a free copy of servolution for each person in your small group, leave a comment about some ideas or actual service projects your group has done or wants to do.  3 groups will get a copy of the book as long as they promise to put it down after they are done and serve.  in the back of servolution are 15 ideas to get you started:
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starting a servolution

 This morning Healing Place Church had the first outreach- a donut giveaway at a bus terminal- officially kicking off the 7 Days of Servolution!  Visit http://servolution.org/now/ for live updates and to stay current with what is going on around the country, and the world, during Servolution!  People are posting up stories, tweets and videos of how God is working.  Please be in prayer for everyone involved in serving as well as for all those being served.

Next week to go along with the 7 days of Servolution as well as the launch of Pastor Dino’s new book Servolution, I will be giving you chances to win a free copy of the book.  Here is a sample chapter of the book to get you started:
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