In early 2021 our family was in Colombia meeting our youngest son and finalizing a long-awaited adoption. Since the laws in Colombia require an extended bonding time in-country before the adopting family returns home, our family was temporarily living in Bogota, Colombia for about a month.
During that time, I committed myself to a writing project. I spent a few hours most days working on a book about going to church. I prayed, read, studied, and thought. And after a month of writing, I completed my short book on a practical theology of church attendance.
My primary goal was to write something to bless and instruct the people of Poquoson Baptist Church where I happily pastor. But I’d be lying if I didn’t also hope for a wider audience. When we returned from Colombia I pitched the book to a host of Christian publishers, with no success. Once again, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed by the lack of interest in my work. In fact, the rejection led to occasional battles with discouragement and frustration.
Thankfully, God has given me a wise wife who faithfully reminds me of the truth. Again and again, she reminded me why I wrote the book. It wasn’t written for a wider audience. It was written for you.
Perhaps one day I’ll take what I’ve written and get it printed in book form. Until then, I’ll share it with you here.