Welcome to our new study on the book Interrupted! I’m so glad that you have joined us.
If you missed the reading schedule, you can view/download your copy here >>Interrupted Study.
Today’s Reading: Forward by Brandon Hatmaker
Interrupted is all about a journey for the family of Jen and Brandon Hatmaker and how God interrupted their comfortable Christianity.
Brandon is Jen’s husband and he actually gives his perspective all throughout the book. I love how we get to hear a different voice in sharing what happened in their lives and their reactions.
A little bit of background if you don’t know anything about the Hatmakers: Brandon and Jen live in Austin, Texas. Brandon is the Pastor at Austin New Church. Jen is a Pastor’s Daughter, Pastor’s wife, and author of many Christian books. I love how Jen is always super real, hilarious and at the same time, not afraid to speak the truth about what the Bible says and how Jesus gave us example after example of how to live.
You will find pretty quickly that they aren’t your typical Pastor’s family – they do things very differently – and that’s the point behind this whole book. Interrupted was first published about 5 years ago. It just got updated and re-released this year.
Highlights from today’s reading:
But change is not a threat. It’s a fact. If we act as if change just happens upon us – surprise! – in a sudden upheaval, we miss its continuing flow and its lessons and the opportunity to keep up with it. Change is a fact of life. (pg xii)
God does not change, but He uses change to change us. He send us on journeys that bring us to the end of ourselves. We often feel out of control, yet if we embrace His leading, we may find ourselves on the ride of our lives. (pg xii)
…this story mostly tells how our lives were interrupted and changed forever. On the journey we became learners again, people who are becoming. This book tell of new hearts and new minds, permission that comes from a “new command,” and the discovery of an ancient way that is constantly made new again. (pg xiii)
Throughout this book, you may notice a term that you aren’t very familiar with (I personally didn’t know much about it before reading this book). I wanted to point this out early on so that you pay attention and realize what they are talking about when they say “missional life” or “living on mission.”
Here’s how Brandon explained it in today’s reading:
Missiologist Rick Meigs described missional as “a life where ‘the way of Jesus’ informs and radically transforms our existence…where we adopt a missionary stance in relation to our culture.” (pg xii)
Living on mission goes far beyond the “what” and “how” of being sent; it hinges on the “who” of other people. It’s about intentionally living the gospel wherever you are. (pg xiii)
Don’t let these “churchy” terms trip you up. Living on mission is not about telling us all to sell all our stuff and move to Africa (although, I cannot promise your eyes won’t be opened about excess…). 🙂
As we think about change today and know that it is a fact of life, here’s a verse from Hebrews:
“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.”[English Standard Version, Hebrews 11:8]
We may not know the change ahead, we may not know where we are going, but we can be like Abraham and obey when we are called.
What stood out for you today? Don’t be afraid to underline and highlight in your book. It’s great to go back and browse pieces that stood out to you and let them soak in again. I do this all the time – I even make notes in my margins. Share with us in the comments. Happy Sunday, friends!