Today marks the official date of publication of "Preaching as Worship: An Integrative Approach to Formation in Your Church" (Baker Books). As many of you know it has taken 5 years of gestation, much energy and (mostly) admirable patience from my wife Carol! At last it's out. The back cover says: Move your church from small-picture to big-picture worship. Oh Yeah!
Anti-climax lies around the corner! After all, tens of other books have also been published today - many with more interesting titles (and content) than mine. Publishers say that lively sales in the first months are absolutely vital for the longevity of any book. Of course, far more than sales, I long for people's ministry to be revolutionized by application. So, my obvious prayer is that (numerous!) pastors will open the book and be changed by it, and their congregations with them!
However, I do have one special opportunity ahead. I am leading a Preaching Workshop in Georgetown in two weeks' time directly on this theme: Preaching as Worship. In between other commitments I am working on some powerpoint sessions which will give me the very first opportunity to fire up pastors with the big picture. Please join me in praying that this book is not a damp squib but makes a significant bang out in God's kingdom.