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prov·o·ca·tion - something that provokes, arouses, or stimulates. pant - to long eagerly; yearn. a collection of thoughts intended to provoke and inspire. these posts are hoping to encourage people to think, especially Christians, and pant even harder for the waterbrooks of the Lord. If you are not a believer in Christ Jesus, I welcome your perspective and encourage your investigation on these matters.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Above All Earthly . . . Blogs

I am aware that many of you have either started or are looking to start reading David Wells’ latest book, Above All Earthly Pow’rs: Christ in a Postmodern World. Since there are so many people reading it and a great deal to talk about in the book, a couple of friends of mine have started a blog for the expressed purpose of discussing the book. The blog, aptly called, is Above All Earthly Pow’rs, and I encourage you to check it out if this book is anywhere on your radar screen.

Shannon McKenzie, who came up with the idea, is welcoming anyone who wishes to contribute with their thoughts through posting and will add you as a contributor. K. Elijah Mayfield has also put together a reading plan which takes small chunks at a time in a disciplined and chronological fashion which would serve the blog well. Of course, if you choose not to be a contributor, you are welcome to comment on anything written!

I haven’t written anything yet, but I hope to have something up this week. You might be asking about how to got about joining. If you are, here is what you should do:

  1. Email Shannon at Shannon [at]treasuringchrist[dot]net and let him know that you are interested. He will fill you in on the details.
  2. Go to the original post and check the calendar dates for the scheduled reading. The idea is to write about that particular section (corresponding to the date) of the book in a blogpost, your reflections, thoughts, or just a review of the material.
  3. If you come in late, you are welcome to write about previous sections as well, but we wish that you do not get ahead of the scheduled reading as it would not contribute to the discussion. Therefore, write a post about the whole book would not work, neither would your thoughts on Chapter 6 when we would be on Chapter 2. You get the idea.
  4. Lastly, it would be helpful if you do post to read other folks posts as well. In other words, interact, critique, and affirm.

I think this book deserves meaningful discourse and interaction, and I am heartened to see that Shannon and Elijah have taken up this endeavor. For those planning on attending the Desiring God National Conference, this blog may have particular interest to you. In any case, please check it out. It would be worth your time.

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