I wanted to recommend a great book on Christian Spirituality--Death by Suburb by Dave L. Goetz. Have you ever: - Found yourself feeling smug because your neighbor's 13 year old kid says, "Cool car" when you got your new SUV? - Signed up to help with the youth, only when your kid hit the youth group and never before? - Found yourself afraid to enter Dollar General? - Stayed up all night to finish your 6th graders' science project, while he was in the other room playing Nintendo? - Lived vicariously through your kids? - Given your eight year old a $2000 birthday party? - Shopped around for a church that had the best programs for your kids, rather than asking, what church needs me most?
If any of these hit you, you will want to read this book. It has had a big impact upon my wife Becki and I. I grew up in the suburbs and minister in a suburban church. The struggles of suburban Christians are superficiality, materialism, self-centeredness, shallow relationships, worship of children, and lack of service. Goetz writes in a funny, caustic style with brutal self-disclosure and honesty. You will love this book.
I currently am a preaching minister, evangelist, and missional leader at the High Pointe Church of Christ in McKinney, TX.
I am working towards a Doctor of Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, studying missional church, evangelism, and postmodern culture. I give missional church and Spiritual gifts seminars for churches. I have written an evangelistic Bible study for postmoderns (Story of Redemption), New Members class material, and a work on Spiritual gifts.
I am blessed with a wonderful wife (Becki) of 13 years and two beautiful daughters (Gina-age 7, Emily-4), the loves of my life.