I am getting older. When I was young, my friends and I were always piling into cars to go see whatever band was in town. Now I do the same thing but with seminars. There aren't too many concerts I would go out of my way to see nowadays, but if Brueggemann ever comes within a state or two of Utah... give me a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, sunglasses - and I am there.
So I was ENORMOUSLY pleased to find out that Brian McLaren was bringing his Everything Must Change tour to nearby Boise, ID. My bros in the faith, Chad and Mark, were with me on this jaunt. Having a chance to spend a few days with these guys, wrestling theology over cloves and beer, was as cool as the event we went to.
I will get into the details over the months to come. At the end of the conference, Brian asked us to write down a word which sums up the weekend. Mine was distill. It takes me a while to sift through information like that so that I can discuss it in any meaningful way. So I am going to take this month to pour over the book again. I will say that, if this tour comes anywhere near your area, I guarantee that this event will challenge you. Brian's message, particularly to the church, is one that needs to be heard.