I spent half my April vacation working as a monk. Which immediately brings to mind two questions - "why would you do something like that on vacation?" Well I'm me, you're you, and saying that God makes everyone different is another way...
I'm Dr. Mike Moses, founder and lead pastor of Lake Forest Church in Huntersville, NC.
Open Mike is a forum where I am more open than my sermons, and I interact with you over a fresh imagining of what it means to follow Jesus.
More about me, music on my iPod, favorite links and friends in the blogoshpere.
Zack Eswine: The Imperfect Pastor: Discovering Joy in Our Limitations through a Daily Apprenticeship with Jesus
By one of our younger EPC pastors, I'm looking forward to learning from him.
Doug Serven: Heal Us, Emmanuel: A Call for Racial Reconciliation, Representation, and Unity in the Church
Even as I am trying to follow where Christ leads me to be part of racial reconciliation and justice in our town and city, I'm inspired by these tales of mostly white Presbyterian pastors and churches in acts of repentance (especially that) and reconciliation.
Mr. Anthony Esolen: Ironies of Faith: The Laughter at the Heart of Christian Literature
This is a piecemeal, long slow read for me. Beautiful juxtaposition of biblical and historical great Christian worldview writings compared to those of skeptics and other religions. This guy is smarter than me by a factor of 100.
J.D. Greear: Gaining By Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches that Send (Exponential Series)
Refreshing myself for the most sacrificial part of the vision of our church.
Gary Keller: The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
Powerful principles for living an effective, on purpose life. I am in need personally of simplification and clarity regarding my use of time. Thank you to Audie Cashion, who is an expert trainer on this material, for giving me this book. I'm praying for greater effectiveness AND life balance this fall in my life and leadership. GET THIS BOOK NOW or schedule coaching time with Audie.
Wesley Hill: Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian
Another incredibly helpful book by Hill about following Jesus as a gay person, and how the church can be more helpful.
Angie Moses: Flying Home
My wife Angie published her first novel a few years ago. #1 I'm proud of her. #2 It's stinkin' good (tension between dreams and duty for a young mother). #3 This book will never be published and stocked in a 'Christian' bookstore with the picture of a beatific looking prairie woman on the front wearing a bonnet - there's grittiness of real life like happens to real people, and perhaps some grace. #4 This link is to the Kindle version, look below for paperback also. #5 Angie had in mind precisely the type of 'given up on church but not on God' folks we love so much to welcome at Lake Forest as she wrote.