Last evening I had a tremendous time at dinner with one of my closest friends, ever, as we spent time catching up on each other from our souls out. The freedom in this friendship between we two men is valued at great depth for both of us.
We have the sacred privilege of being on the Band of Brothers Team, and my own blessed role is that of mentor to this exceptional team (all volunteers) who make up this rare group of genuine, honest, real-deal men. The difference this ministry continues to make will be felt for years to come in men's lives, in marriages and families and in the participating local churches where the lives of men are strengthened.
Fortunately, some take to heart the varying pages of the Band of Brothers website, which is rich in content, and read them all. Recently some soul read all the way over to this blog of mine...saw the books I've recommended...and "warned" the brothers that I am suggesting some reading that is notgood, in their opinion...thus, how could they ever have me as a friend, brother and mentor. ;-) Well...thanks for the warning...but the books suggested are important and worth the read.
I think the best part of this "warning news" is that it didn't dent my soul and send me to dark places...as has happened at other times in my past life. My friend and I looked at each other, toasted the sincerity of the man who offered the warning, and further committed to our friendship within and without the Band of Brothers ministry.
Isn't it amazing how some want to push a "guilt by association" on others? Looking over the reading list to the left...those are good books. I don't know all the authors, but I do know three of them fairly well...even endorsed one of the books...what an honor to count them as good brothers and friends...and will continue to encourage friends, far and near, to add these to their reading lists.
Be warned...there are other books I will soon add to the list...which could be worse.......or even better. So, if you need to hit me, please do so on this blog or my personal Facebook account, and not through the "anonymousness" of another website. I'll most likely enjoy and encourage some dialogue. But do know I plan to remain a radical follower of Jesus in more ways than one may dare to imagine...which will include suggestions that just may be out of your box...but not others...........
“That I feed the hungry, that I forgive an insult, that I love my enemy in the name of Christ - all these are undoubtedly great virtues. What I do unto the least of my brethren that I do unto Christ. But what if I should discover that the least amongst them all, the poorest of all the beggars, the most impudent of all the offenders - the very enemy himself - that these are within me, and that I myself stand in need of the alms of my own kindness - that I myself am the enemy who must be loved, what then?”