Last Sunday we started a new preaching series - "The Peach and the Coconut" (if you missed it you can listen to it here). I believe this is going to be perhaps the most important series we've done since I started leading the church, as we're going to look in detail at the sort of community we want Kerith to be and produce a blueprint for the next 10 or 20 years.
The intention is that at the end of the series we'll take the content and put it together as a book. What I'm going to do each week is to publish on the net the chapter of the book which goes with that weeks sermon and let everyone comment on it. I really do want to encourage everyone to read the chapters and say what they think. I'm looking for comment on everything from spelling mistakes to style to theological content. My hope is that at the end of the process we'll have a book which we all feel is 'ours', rather just something I've produced.
I'm also looking for life stories which illustrate each chapter. If you have a story which you feel illustrates what is being discussed I'd love you to send them in and for us to include those too - they can be anonymous if you'd prefer that.
I'm not quite sure the best way to facilitate this process. To start with I'm going to publish each chapter to Google Docs where you can read it and print it out if you want to. I'd then suggest emailing comments or stories to the office on this email address, or writing them down and putting them in the post trays, or you could leave them as comments on this blog. I'll then take a look at them and incorporate them into the text. This may change if we find a better way of doing it! For anyone without internet access we can make paper copies available - please ask at reception.
This week you get a double helping, as we've got the introduction here and chapter one here. Please find time time to read them and let me have your comments!
Ben Oliver is preaching part two this Sunday on the centrality of Jesus - hope to see you there.