Monday, January 29, 2007

Relevant Nation...

Since The Compass Christian Superstore is closing I've been visiting them about once a week to take advantage of their crazy going-out-of-business-sale. Last week a book caught my eye. The title was The Relevant Nation: 50 Activists, Artists and Innovators who are changing their world through faith. I've always been a sucker for a good old list, so I picked it up. Flipping through I landed on page 171 with a picture of Kyle Lake.

My heart stopped.

But it picked back up again, as many of the paralyzing surprises of grief have fallen away, and I read on. I scanned the paragraphs to see the same biographical information you can find about Kyle on a million websites. But toward the end my eye pulled my head in the direction of my name. What!? How did my name get in here? I then began to vaguely remember some sort of questionnaire I filled out for someone a few weeks after Kyle's death, and figured this is probably what it was for.

The most hilarious thing about the article, aside from a misspelled word, was that they had a list of Kyle's "mentors" at the beginning, and I was listed, as was El MOL. I'm not quite sure where they got that I fall into the category of mentor, but all I can say is that I didn't just MAKE the cut, I was listed BEFORE the likes of Brian McLaren and Dallas Willard.

Does this mean that I should call McLaren and Willard and ask if they'd like to be my protege's?

Anyway, the book is actually quite good. You can check it out HERE.


EL MOL said...

Hell yes! I wondered what happened to that deal!? Now I need to know, was I also ahead of maclaren?

Craig said...

You were ahead of everyone. Naturally.

lynnette said...

the compass is closing? i don't know how to process that information.

Craig said...

I know, Lynette. I know.

It's difficult for us all to comprehend. I was going to call and tell you but then I decided it was best you didn't know. The hope was that you would live your entire life in peace, not having to be exposed to this tragic news.

And it is tragic, yet quite predictable. It's the American Way. Large Christian Superstore conglomerate (Mardel) moves into an area and puts the mom-and-pop Christian Superstore out of business.

Seen it a million times.

Jason Edwards said...

That's pretty freakin' cool.

lynnette said...

mardel?!? that seems way more lame than the compass.

in my mind, i will continue to picture the compass in its current location, thriving with sales of indie cds, thomas kinkaid paintings, and testamints.

EL MOL said...

double Hell Yes! Thank you Craig.