Friday, February 09, 2007

Writing 'Treasure'

I've once again done some book writing this morning. After a few months away from the project I've found a fresh enthusiasm for it. The last two friday mornings I've been trying been working on 7000 words in the chapter on Giving, provisionally...

Chapter 3 - Giving: The art of displaying your treasure.

I've found getting the words on screen relatively easy (though it may all be utter drivel). The hard part has been feeling the effect of God's word on my heart, cutting deep at my priorities and true passions. God's word cuts deep. The thesis of the chapter is that far from being a miserable burden, giving is meant to be both a work of God's grace in us and a great display of that same grace which is found in our treasure, Jesus. This however utterly reorders our economic ideas and does havoc with our ideas about what we need in life.

My fresh energy for it is partly thanks to former Reading CU chairman Tom Riches, with whom I've been doing some Bible study in 2 Corinthians 8-9. After next weeks mission week we'll resume with some study on Contentment, probably from 1 Timothy and Philippians, which should lead me to get on with:

Chapter 4 - Contentment: Learning to stand in all weathers.

I expect this to be just as concrete and practical as the one on giving. Here the idea is that we gain contentment not from our circumstances but because we know the all surpassing worth of Jesus Christ.

If this ever get into print Tom will be due an acknowledgement as official project guinea pig. My plan is to study this material with the other guys I do 121 with over the coming months, nothing beats getting the Bible's message into the lives of others, and there's no surer way to find out how this stuff really works than to try putting it into practice.


Paul Huxley has some thoughts on the GenerationNext report about gospel workers
Nathan Burley on GenerationNext (ht: Dan Hames)

9 comments:

  1. We all look forward to seeing Bish on the bookshelves, no doubt!

    Also, a word on one on one bible study....underrated! It's great to get the chance to really grapple with something at length over coffee, etc.

    I remember studying predestination with Steve in the met dept. coffee room a few years back...heavy!

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  2. It's even got a natty cover! Is this a bit like my working projects - always do the cover before the contents....?

    Not sure about South West Trains and materialism though..

    Looking forward to the book Dave.

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  3. mostly just cos the blogpost looked a bit wordy and needed a picture! i think i can probably do a better cover eventually...

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  4. That's a lovely train on that cover. I used to work in the depot where they maintained those. 450 class.

    Is it sad that I know that? What if I told you I could still quote the codes for most of the parts?

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  5. Hi Dave, I recall chatting with you about your book last year - are you going to include anyting about ethical investment (i.e. the hidden ways we unwittingly invest our money in porn, petrol & guns) and how we could use it to support fairtrade, microcredit and eco-friendly business?

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  6. Mark, it is possible yes.
    I'm trying to keep the book short so that does limit the issues I can touch on.

    The general issues covered in the plan at the moment are:
    Jesus as the greatest treasure, all things being God's, teaching on giving that stands at odds with our western lifestyle, contentment in riches or poverty, and standard 'lies' about money (which should touch on the ethical issues amongst other things) and practicalities about budgets, banking, pensions etc.

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  7. Does look good. Just thinking that IVP need less-girly book covers; a less feminine version of Pure in particular... I was resting hopes on your book having a bit more UG!

    Still, really looking forward to it. Is there going to be a course too?

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  8. I think it'd be a cool cover! mainly (perhaps only!) coz it's got three great people on it...

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