The Blog of Darryl Dash

This blog is about how Jesus changes everything. He changes:

Our relationship with God

Our relationship with others

Our vocations - how we live and work in this world

Our ministries

This blog exists to explore some of the ways that Jesus changes everything. It provides resources and articles that will help you think about the ways that Jesus can change every part of your life.

The Lord himself invites you to a conference concerning your immediate and endless happiness, and He would not have done this if He did not mean well toward you. Do not refuse the Lord Jesus who knocks at your door; for He knocks with a hand which was nailed to the tree for such as you are. Since His only and sole object is your good, incline your ear and come to Him. Hearken diligently, and let the good word sink into your soul. (C.H. Spurgeon, All of Grace)

New Easum stuff

Easum's back with some new books and workbooks. I've already picked up the PDF versions of Beyond the Box (book), as well as The Role of the Senior (Lead) Pastor and Staffing a Church, and Strategic Mapping (workbooks). Easum simplifies the decision-making process for me. If he writes it, I read it. It's pretty much always what I need to be thinking about. Here's an excerpt from Beyond the Box (co-written by Dave Travis, VP of Leadership Network), in honor of Rachel:
In the first century, the word church related to the kingdom movement that went beyond time and space. Instead of a place, Christians loved their Christ. Ask a Christian in the first century, "Where is your church?" and his or her response would be something like "Wherever two or three of us gather together." The early Christians invited their networks to gather with them and other Christians in their homes, catacombs, or wherever. First-century Christians didn't have a tethered view of the church; rather, calling and mission dictated the form and extent of ministry. This is the view from beyond the box. From within the box, the word church refers to little more than an institution with a geographic location that must be managed by professional leaders. From beyond the box, Christians think of the church more as a movement untethered to a location. The also think of leadership defined by mission rather than place. Thus "moving beyond the box" means getting rid of the baggage of Christendom and rediscovering the original mission of Christianity - that is, fulfilling the Great Commission. The mission is not to establish local congregations as much as to spread the news of Jesus Christ across the world by every possible means.
The print version of Beyond the Box comes out in mid-June.