Did You Hear The News?!

Did you hear the news?!

It’s a phrase we use with others, and they use with us, every day.

  • Sometimes the news is BIG – International or National.
  • Sometimes the news is small – our town or our neighborhood.
  • Sometimes the news is beyond our sphere of reckoning/influence.
  • Sometimes the news is right in our wheelhouse!
  • Sometimes the news is good.
  • Often, in our world, the news is not-so-much, good.
  • Sometimes the news rattles the nerves – and sometimes the news settles the nerves.
  • Sometimes ‘the news’ borders on gossip.
  • And sometimes the news calls us to prayer!

Did you hear the news’ creates all sorts of emotions within us, and motivates all sorts of reactions from us. Nevertheless it is surely an every-day part of our every-day lives.

Recently I read some BIG, out-of-my-influence sort of news:

“After 244 years [personal commentary: that’s a long time], the Encyclopaedia Britannica is going out of print…”

The article continued by explaining, “The move is an acknowledgment of the realities of the digital age.”

Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc., a company based in Chicago, will focus now on its online encyclopedias… The last print version of the encyclopedia is the 32-volume 2010 edition, which weighs 129 pounds… in recent years, print reference books have been almost completely overtaken by the Internet and its vast spread of resources,”

The report came courtesy of Julie Bosman, Wednesday, 2/14/12, New York Times

That news (way beyond me) came just before I received news from Missional Press – the folks who published my little book.

That news told me Encylopaedia Britannica Inc. was not the only publisher hanging up a big Going Out of Business sign in this new digital and self-publishing era.

This wonderful, gutsy little publisher was willing to take a risk on me, and a host of others. For this we are all very grateful.

But, access to digital texts and the advent of cost-effective self-publishing (allowing one to say what you want to say how you want to say it without having to please editors who are considering their constituency and future sales) has forever changed the landscape of the publishing world.

It changed things for the big guys like Engyclopaedia Britannica Inc., and it has changed things for me.

But, this change has turned out to be a wonderful opportunity!

I was able to sit quietly with God (you do know I’m a follower of Jesus, right?) and listen. What is His Mission? How does He wish to use the resource (or is He done with it)? What is His next step for us?

While in those days of contemplation two particular things occurred:

I was reminded of a session with Seth Godin (best selling author, business guru, etc.) in which he said something like, “Why would anyone who had something they wanted to say choose anything other than self-publishing to say it?” Good question – Good source…


Quite out of the blue, a friend told me about CreateSpace – a self-publishing arm of Amazon (some really BIG guys in this work). Adele/I spent a lot of time investigating and praying further before deciding to follow up with them and their services.

We are so excited to announce that starting right now you can purchase To Love And To Cherish From This Day Forward: A Portrait of a Healthy Church through this wonderful new tool – available via Amazon US, Amazon Europe, and more online and bookstore outlets than were ever before possible for us! We’ve even been able to reduce the price a little!

The book can also still be purchased, directly from us via our CreateSpace store by clicking the simplymillwood icon/logo in the upper right hand section of this page.

I have to tell you, we are just so grateful to our Father for this opportunity. The new version is crisp, clean, some of the grammatical slips from earlier drafts are corrected… did I mention how grateful we are to be able to continue to offer this?

So, if you haven’t yet purchased a copy of the book, be sure to do so now. If you have – thank you so much – and please continue to let others know it is around!

I’ll be blogging some from the book starting later this summer – as part of this re-release. So, keep your eyes open for excerpts here as well as news about additional related resources (a new Kindle edition, Questions for small groups, and a process to help a whole congregation start a conversation of their own).

We will also be asking for your help in a couple weeks – so look out for that as well!

So, if someone says, “Did you hear the news” to you today, you’ll be able to say, “yeah – sure I did – To Love And To Cherish From This Day Forward is still available [of course, there may be other things you’ll have to tell them too].


About christmasandicecream

Grace & Peace to you all! I'm Randy. I am a follower of Jesus - sometimes close up and, sadly, sometimes way too far away. My best friend, administrative assistant, partner, and high school sweetheart all live with me and go by the same name: Adele. She and I are part of a relationally-focused, small group based Church family that helps us along spiritual quest. Our boys are both grown now. We have a wonderful daughter-by-marriage and 2 truly GRANDchildren... 1 boy and 1 girl. We are Corgi people and now oversee the care of 1 spoiled Corgi puppy named Elly May. I am a devoted fan of 2 'seasons' in each year: Christmas and baseball!! At my house, a Christmas tree goes up somewhere within days of the close of the Fall Classic (baseball lingo for the World Series) and a Christmas tree stays up all the way through Spring Training. In between it is non-stop celebration of the Incarnation. I live in the Mid-Atlantic part of the U.S.A. and, among other things, work as a coach and consultant with an incredibly diverse network of churches that make up the BCMD. My Church-roots are in the Baptist bucket of the Christian ice cream shop. But, just because I have a favorite flavor, doesn't mean I don’t like them all! I do. I work with things like soul care & leadership development of pastor/pastoral team members; with small, simple, organic models of church life; with relational strategies of spiritual formation; and with the health of the Church. I taught at New Orleans seminary for a decade and have served in local churches for 30 years. I am currently part of the faculty of Rockbridge Seminary – a new kind of seminary for a new kind of Church – where I also play a role on the Academic Council. *I am obliged to note that questions, comments, ideas, views,... just about anything you read here, are mine, and not those of BCMD, RS, any other organization or school I work for, or those of most normal people. Thanks for visiting. Come back again.
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