Item #1. I had lunch with my friend Ron Man today. A few years ago, I contacted Ron after reading some articles he’d written on worship. I was encouraged by his love for the Gospel, God’s glory, and the church. Since then, we’ve chatted by e-mail, exchanged resources, and shared fellowship over a few meals. I’ve found out he spends quite a bit of time in Europe, training pastors and seminarians in the theology of worship. He also has a website with many helpful articles that he’s written, and a monthly newsletter that you can subscribe to. I’ll be adding his site, Worship Resources to my Recommended Websites.
Item #2. For a number of years Sovereign Grace Ministries has sought to serve two different ministries in India, one led by Pastor Yesupadam of Love-N-Care Ministries, the other led by Wilson Barria of Logos Wholistic Ministries. Each ministry represents between 150-200 churches. From March 5-17, I’ll have the privilege of traveling to both locations to teach pastors and worship leaders for three days on biblical principles of worship and music. This will be my first trip to India, and I expect I’ll learn much more than I teach. I’m trying to use a wireless satellite hook up while I’m there so I can continue to blog. But if it doesn’t work, I thought you should know you why I’m not posting anything new for a few weeks. If you think of it, I’d appreciate your prayers for strength, faith, and fruitfulness for the trip!
Item #3. A couple days ago, Dan Hames left a comment suggesting that I write a book on some of the topics I’ve been blogging about. That was kind of you, Dan. Well…a few months ago, I submitted a book proposal to Crossway Publishers and they recently accepted it. Amazing. It’s tentatively called Worship Matters – Understanding God’s Priorities, Passions, and Purpose in Our Worship. That means that for the next few months I’ll be doing a lot of book writing. And a lot less blogging. Most of you probably won’t even notice, but I thought I’d let you know, especially to invite your prayers. I may invite your feedback along the way, as well.
As always, thanks for reading. May you be affected today, and every day, by the Father’s costly love for you in His Son.