On a roadtrip + my new book!
The greatest adventure is what lies ahead
Greetings from Retford, England.
Baby Concord and I are on the road for the next week or so (more on that in a minute)… but first: I have a new book coming out in less than a month!
It’s called A God Named Josh: Uncovering the Human Life of Jesus Christ.
(And here’s the website if you’d like to pre-order copies, read the endorsements, or learn more.)
Last thing: If you forward this to your pastor/minister/priest/etc and tell them to hit reply with their mailing address, I’ll send a free copy to 75 of them.
Okay, road trip!
[Trigger warning for some readers: I go full Jesus-y in this email but will revert to my usual political/economic articles next time.]
After five weeks of nearly full-time searching for a place to rent in West Wales, a door has still not opened. We’re now at peace that this might be a sign to look further afield.
So earlier this week, Concord and Michelle and I headed north to the Isle of Man for a weekend of house-hunting. Next, we’re heading east across middle England, south to the most deprived neighborhood in the whole country(!), before spending a night on inspiration at a Bruderhof koinonia community and then heading back west.
We’re dropping a total of 500 little letters in mailboxes in dozens of cities, towns, and villages, asking total strangers if they'd consider selling us their house:
It sounds crazy, but it’s how my dad has purchased several of their homes in the past.
We’ve faithfully saved money towards a house every single month for more than 12 years, and in that time, the average house price in our hometown of Guelph has gone up by more than $400,000. Clearly, it will take a God-sized miracle for us to take stewardship of a house.
Stewarding a house would enable us to re-allocate these long years of work and wasted rent money to the cause of Christ— to radical hospitality, to Jesus projects, to adopting, to gospel giving, to fighting full-bore against oppression and economic injustice.
We feel more than a bit crazy doing this, but we believe our job is to ask, seek, and knock— God will open a door if it is His will. A mentor sent me Hebrews 11:8 a few days ago: “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.”
That’s exactly how we feel!
A life of faith really is a life of (often hair-raising) adventure. Concord and I return on the 18th, at which time I go into full-court press/publicity mode for my Jesus book that comes out on April 4th.
We’d love you to be part of this story. If you could pass along our letter to anyone you know in the UK, that would be greatly appreciated.
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