Sapient Reader’s Guild Tonight

One of my goals when I moved to Huntsville was to be a “Huntsville worship pastor” and not simply a “Chase Valley Church worship pastor.” I believe there is a responsibility of church staffers to invest in their communities and not simply spend all their time at church.

In the last 6 months I’ve failed miserably at this. I have spent all my time at church. I live, eat, sleep and breathe church. When I’m not at church or doing church stuff from home, I’m thinking about church and doing more church.

My pastors, with loving concern, have told me, “Billy, read a Harry Potter book.” They know all the books on my reading list are church-related. Even the ones I read for “fun.”

A few months ago Pastor Dorothy Ann gave me a flyer for “The Sapient Reader’s Guild.” It totally looked up my ally and I thought, “I need to make it a point to go to this.”

Except I didn’t go. I always found some excuse not to go.

After whining non-stop about how God is calling me to invenst in Huntsville Sarah has told me, “I’m going to be mad at you if you don’t go to that book club.” So last week I got Malcom Gladwell’s “The Tipping Point.” I did the assigned reading, wrote some questions and I’m looking forward to hanging out at Stern’s Coffee house in a few hours.

I don’t know anything else about the guild, beyond what is on their website. I’m not quite sure what to expect, but my hope is that I meet some people who are really different from me. Non-church people. I know every church pastor and his brother has blogged about the church implications of “The Tipping Point.”

Tonight I’m hoping to get a different perspective.


5 Responses to “Sapient Reader’s Guild Tonight”

  1. 1 Randy August 2, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    It’s too easy and convenient to get sucked into the church world. I am guilty as charged. I’m with you Billy, I spend way too much time in the church world. I wish there was a book club in Columbia. Maybe I need to start one with some unchurched friends???

    Keep the awesome posts coming…we post a lot of similar stuff. You gotta read the Lousy T-Shirt book if you haven’t already. Do you own it? LMK

  2. 2 Billy Chia August 2, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    I don’t own it, but I’m a big Vince Antonucci fan.

  3. 3 Ryan (Who overshared tonight..) August 5, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Well, Billy, whadya think, eh? Eclectic enough folks for you? I think you succeeded with the NONCHURCH people thing. Heck, there’s several actual staunch atheists there, even. Thats about as non-church as it gets. Are just trying to prevent burnout? Either way, glad to have you – You bring a different perspective and some good insights (besides, I hate being the only geek…).

  4. 4 Billy Chia August 5, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my website!

    Yes, man I love the guild and its eclecticness. Dude, I don’t know if you have ever experienced just getting stuck in a rut and needing a fresh spring, but that has been Tuesday nights for me.

    I almost feel guilty that I get way more out of it than I put in, but then again I make a large effort to add value to the group. Actually, if there are very few Christians, and I can bring a “different perspective,” then I probably do add value to the group, in terms of diversity.

    It’s not so much about burnout as it is about being an authentic follower of Jesus Christ. I was not following Christ by spending all my time at church – Jesus didn’t do that. I believe if Jesus lived in Huntsville he would hang out at Stearns on Tuesday nights.

    (There’s the inside of my brain – how’s that for over sharing? 🙂

    Your geeky pal,

    ps – normally I delete comments that don’t leave a valid email – but I like you, and will let it slip this one time.

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