vulnerable christianity

Free Event on Sept 21 in Midlothian, TX

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I’m so excited about the event I’m producing called A Night of Vulnerable Christianity.

This started out as a book launch event but has turned into so much more.

I've invited a group of speakers to come present on the importance of vulnerability in the life of the church. I wanted to cram a whole conference into one night.

It's totally free but you've got to reserve your spot because space is limited!

You're going to want to hurry, too. This event WILL sell out.

Get tickets

SPEAKERS

Taylor Johnson, comedian (and now) author

Dr. Garland Owensby, youth and student ministries professor at SAGU and stand-up comedian

Peter Pinion, licensed professional counselor

Clayton Brooks, worship pastor of The Oaks Church in Red Oak, TX

Andrew Lawhon, associate pastor at Freedom Church in Carrollton, TX

Seth Urbina, former missionary to Bolivia

Dani Barrera, singer and entertainer

Unboxing Test Printing of My Book

 
 

Because I’m self publishing my book I have to figure out all the ins and outs of formatting a manuscript for print. Right after I finished my 4th draft I put together a test copy with one of my incomplete drafts just to so what it would look like.

I did a livestream of myself unboxing it. It feels so crazy to say I wrote a book.

Read a free preview of it!

Everyone Apologizes, Even Mister Rogers

In my new book, In the Altogether, I spend a chapter looking at situations we all find ourselves in that require vulnerability. Some times they conversation around the topic can be too general and vague so I wanted to zoom in get specific.

Here are the 5 common vulnerable moments: being wrong, apologizing, confrontation, when it feels like your life is falling apart, and sharing your dreams for the future.

Everyone is wrong some times, everyone has moments where they need to confront someone, everyone faces tragedies, everyone thinks about their future, and everyone needs to apologize from time to time…EVEN MISTER ROGERS!

I love this clip I found the other day of Mister Rogers describing a time when he felt the need to say I’m sorry. What a relief to know that even Mister Rogers can let his frustrations get the better of him. And what a beautiful encouragement to hear him describe how quickly he realized he was in the wrong and apologize. I want to be more like him.

Free Book Preview

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Go to altogetherbook.com to get a free preview of my book!

Read the introduction and find out about my book tour in the fall. I want to come to your church.

Go to the site, click the button, put in your email address, check your inbox, read the preview, get excited, tell your friends, shave your head, ride a horse, wait for the pre-order to be available, pre-order it, wait for the book, tell more friends, ride another horse, read the book, bring me to your church!

THAT'S HOW IT'S DONE!

It feels so crazy that I finally get to share this with people. All year I’ve been locked in my apartment writing day and night. But now it’s time to share. That’s insane.

Starting My Second Draft

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This is the first draft of my book.

Today I started writing my second draft.

It was a lot harder than I thought it would be.

The first draft was easy because first drafts aren’t supposed to be good. You’ve just got to vomit up all your thoughts just to get them onto the page. You’ll edit and rewrite later so don’t even worry about the quality. Just get it out!

That was easy. That was fun.

But now I’m having to fix up all that word vomit.

I wish this was easier.

Deadlines

Douglas Adams on deadlines:

 

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”

 

This last week I set deadlines for my book. I know when all four of my drafts need to be finished. I know when I need to send it off to get printed. I know when I need to make a decision about who’ll design the cover. It was a real relief to create that road map and know what exactly what needed to be done in the coming months.

But now I have to actually do the work?

Oh boy.

Got to do it

I don’t know why today was such a struggle. I barely made it through and got any work done. It was one of the roughest days I’ve had in a while. Where’s the sun? The weather has been so dark and gross and moody for too long. Do I need to buy one those lamps that tricks you out of seasonal affective disorder?

Tonight I sat down to write 2,000 more words for my book. After crawling my way through my To Do List all day I fully expected writing to be a real battle. I set up my laptop at a coffee shop because I had to get out of my apartment if I wanted to avoid going insane and before I pulled up my word document I played this song from Andrew W.K.

I needed to hear someone say “You’ve got to keep going.”

42,951 Words Remaining

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My goal is to finish the first draft of my book by January 31. I’ve been taking notes and writing little thoughts for a long time now but I thought I needed to finally commit to this thing and jump right in.

Wade Bearden told me the first draft of his book, Failing Faith,  was around 45,000 words, so I decided to use that as the target for mine.

I officially started tonight. The goal was to write 2,000 words before going to bed. I’m at 2,049. I’ve got 42,951 to go. 

Starting New Research

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I’m writing a book. The working title is Vulnerable Christianity. Don’t get too excited because I’m still in the early early early stages of research and outlining what this thing is going to be.

Here are the books I know I need to read in the next few months as I flesh out my idea. I’m sure I’ll add more to the list as I dive in but this is where I’m starting.

The Social Animal by David Brooks

Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved by Kate Bowler

Lament: Reclaiming Practices in the Pulpit, Pew, and Public Square

The Soul of Shame by Curt Thompson

I Thought it was Just Me by Brene Brown

The Art of the Apology by Lauren M. Bloom

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

How Not to be Secular by James K.A. Smith

Faith Formation in a Secular Age by Andrew Root

Disruptive Witness by Alan Noble

Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler