Wednesday, October 19, 2011

30k Foot View of Seeking God's Will

This morning I was writing for a resource called XP3College - it's offered through ReThink and is designed as a practical tool for those that have read one of my previous books, The Slow Fade.  Anyway, the conversation guide I was writing is 4 dialogs long and had to do with God's will.  I thought this could be encouraging for some readers here, so here are some things dialog two (of 4) talks about.

Everyone is interested in God's will.  We seek to know what He wants us to do in specific circumstances and the truth is, if we're honest, seeking these things out can be quite frustrating sometimes.  On another side, I know Christians that struggle with wondering if they are even in God's will.  They wonder if they make one decision over another if that would somehow remove them from God's will.  This core fear is what often drives them be stifled in making a decision in any direction.

We all have specific things we are praying about, but sometimes it helps to look at this topic from a 30,000 foot view.  What do we know God wants and what do we know He is doing?  Here are at least 3 things we know for sure:
  1. God is reconciling all things to Himself through Jesus (Colossians 1:19-20).  God is restoring what is broken and this includes us.  
  2. God is bringing Christians toward Christ-likeness (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8/ Philippians 1:6).
  3. God often finds it necessary to bring trial into our lives (1 Peter 1:6-7, 4:12-13).
So, if God is in anyway restoring brokenness within you, if God is in anyway changing you to be more like Christ and if there is any amount of pain in your can be confident that you are in God's will.  I sincerely hope that is an encouragement to was to me this morning as I wrote it.  Kind of weird how that happens sometimes.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Gracious Review of Worlds Apart

Just received a Facebook message from my friend Derek Melleby and he informed me that there was a review of my newest book, Worlds Apart, by Bryron Borger over at Hearts and Minds.  He included this review along with a number of other books he was reviewing.  Here's what he wrote.  I thought it was well thought out and very gracious:

"Worlds Apart: Understanding the Mindset and Values of 18-25 Year Olds  Chuck Bomar (Zondervan) $14.99  Chuck is a good guy and has a huge heart and amazing passion for doing college ministry. (He has written two books on how large churches near campuses can do young adult outreach ministry among their collegiate neighbors.)  Here, he backs up and gives us his most important book yet, a study of this stage of life---what Sharon Parks has called "the critical years."  As the back cover puts it, Bomar brings "understanding, comfort, and direction to all interested in this age group."  Yes, understanding.  He gets young adults.  Comfort? Well, he is full of hope that God can reach this generation and that we can build meaningful and sustained relationships with this younger cohort.  So it may be comforting, I suppose.  He offers such clear-headed and practical insight (like "learn to listen") that it really does give us great encouragement.  (Older readers, take note.  This really may be a comfort insofar as it will help you with tools to relate to your mosaic-aged friends.)  And direction?  Oh yeah, he guides us towards paths of understanding, helping us appreciate the mindset and ethos of 21st century college-aged young adults.  Huge endorsements from Chap Clark and Dan Kimball on the back, showing that at least evangelical thought leaders are taking this book seriously.  You should too."