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You all know I’m a name dropper so here’s one…

November 26, 2007

41jickeivdl_aa240_.jpg Matthew Sleeth came to the Brownhouse last night. He wrote the book Serve God, Save the Planet. It was my favorite read of 2007. It really combines the ideas of stewarding the earth with simplicity in a way that is very inspiring and doable as opposed to the guilt inducing method of “You’re a rich a american and you owe to the world to blah, blah, blah…” The best part about Matthew’s message is that he is living it. He was a successful ER doctor who decided to move into a house the size of his former garage (with wife and 2 kids… the real heroes!) and start speaking and writing on creation care. Check out the book… fantastic.  He said he used to tell people that asked him “What is the first thing I should do?” to change all the light bulbs in their house to compact fluorescents. Now he encourages them to keep the Sabbath.   Another nugget for me was when he said the thing God likes most next people is trees. He asked where is the most comfortable chair in most homes? Answer: right in front of the TV. God’s throne looks out over a massive tree (Rev 22) and he opens his story in Genesis with a tree and he teaches us to pray by looking at trees (Psalm 1)… God loves trees. I find this especially meaningful in light of the fact that I climbed hundreds of trees as a kid and now I have one tattooed on my arm.  

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  1. November 26, 2007 1:27 pm

    That is a great book and he seems like a great guy. Sleeth spoke at Mars Hill, Rob Bell’s church, a while back and I just listened to the podcast last week, in fact. Wonderful stuff.

  2. Rambo permalink
    November 28, 2007 9:41 pm

    You are the Jedi-name-dropper master. I am in awe. There must be some kind of mind trick to it that you’ve mastered and refuse to share with the world, which is probably the safest thing for you to do.

    I’ll save remarks of depth, insight, contemplation, etc for others to post. I’ll be the smart-ass friend who lobs comments from the outside in.

    miss you

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