The various modes of worship which prevailed… were all considered by the people, as equally true; by the philosopher, as equally false; and by the magistrate, as equally useful. And thus toleration produced not only mutual indulgence, but even religious concord.
I’ve been reading (and, let’s face it, publishing) a lot of books recently about discipleship. New discipleship programmes are a bit of a booming industry at the moment: Neil Cole, Frank Viola, Tony Dale, Tim Miller, Mike Breen, Alan Hirsh, the list goes on and on, and the premise of each of their books is essentially this: “What would it look like if the Early Church wrote a discipleship training manual? Read more about The Way of Life
OK, here’s a question. Over in my Wide Margin guise I have just published what I think is a wonderful book. It’s a discipleship and church planting manual from the house church in Japan, and I think it can and should benefit quite a wide audience. I’ve tried a number of ways to promote it so far, but I’m sure there’s more I can be doing, so I want to try asking the audience: Read more about Great book, but how to spread the word?
I said I had no plans to write another book, but a few days back I had a dream - literally, a dream - about a book called “Holy Food”. It was a book about theological and spiritual aspects of food interspersed with some relevant recipes. I mentioned it to Hen and she thought it was a great idea - she was quite impacted by the Redcliffe Food Futures Day, and our eating patterns have changed as a result of that - so I’ll probably work on it from the end of the summer. Read more about I need your help with Holy Food
I was thinking just yesterday about the whole topic of errata in publishing, and then one appeared in my email for me to deal with. There’s a whole page of errata for my latest book, and occasionally I get emails from my publisher telling me about new problems that people have found in the book. Some of them aren’t errors at all; some of them are minor typos and mistakes; some are suggested improvements, how I could have done things better; some of them are major problems, either where my understanding was wrong or where the topic that I was writing about has changed under me and what I’ve said no longer applies. But the point is that anyone can submit errors and suggestions, I can interact with them, and everyone can see the results.
It got me thinking that I’d like to see this extended to, say, Christian publishing as well as technical publishing. I realise this morning that I think I will see that, and it’s part of a wider shift in culture. Read more about Errata, monologue and dialogue