edit books. It's not the most prominent or impressive-sounding detail in my job description, but it's undoubtedly the most important and (I hope) enduring aspect of my work. I take John MacArthur's sermon transcripts and assemble from 10 to 15 chapter-sized helpings, then work with him on that material to refine it until it's ready to submit to the publisher in book form.
This summer we have been working on A Tale of Two Sons, the book-length edition of Pastor MacArthur's famous exposition of the Parable of the Prodigal Son. The manuscript was originally due more than two months ago, but as you may recall, this summer began for me with a catastrophic computer crash, and after that, I never really did regain my normal rhythm.
Well, I finally finished my work on that book last week, and it's a massive weight off my shoulders. It has eaten up my summer, including a week of vacation I had planned but never took. At the moment, however, I'm busier than ever. I'll be teaching at a couple of conferences in the weeks to come. It'll also take me some time to get caught up with all the lesser duties I have pushed to the side all summer. And I desperately need to get several of those things done before launching into anything too serious here on the blog. But I haven't forgotten a few dangling threads I still need to tie off.
For example, I still intend to write at least one follow-up post on Dan Kimball's contribution to Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches and the problem of doctrinal reductionism in the right wing of the Emerging Church movement. Before year's end, I may also attempt to write that long-promised critique of Henry Blackaby's mystical ideas about communion with God.
But first, as soon as I get three days unburdened by urgent or overdue tasks, I'm planning to make a single post (Lord willing, sometime in the next month) where I'll invite readers to discuss The Truth War. I'll temporarily suspend Rule 4 (see right sidebar), and those who are dying to discuss or critique John MacArthur's stance on the Emerging Church movement will have their opportunity. It'll be a post in the same vein as the one we did last year on "Lordship Salvation." In other words, I'll try to answer all questions and critical comments for about three or four days, in that one comment-thread only, and when the thread is closed, Rule 4 will be back in force.
So call your friends and neighbors and tell them to watch for this post sometime before the end of October. (When I'm fairly sure which day the post will be made, I'll try to give a couple days' notice.)
These will be the rules:
- You must have read The Truth War in order to comment.
- Comments (especially critical ones) must deal with material in the book.
- No generalizations. If you're going to disagree with something in the book, you must quote verbatim whatever you are referring to and cite a page number.
- Comments are not to exceed 200 words, not counting any material quoted from the book.
- All other rules, especially those about civility and clean language, still apply.
- If I answer your comment, you must interact with (or at the very least acknowledge) my reply before you can respond with a whole new argument.
If you have been itching to discuss John MacArthur's material on the Emerging Church here on this blog, this will be your best opportunity. If you haven't yet read his book, now is the time to start.