Do you like to be updated on things? I am away on my annual study break, and I’ve had different family members call me to see how it’s going. I suppose most people are curious about the prospects of going away for a week to return home with a preaching plan for my sermons for the next year. It’s true that I will have a preaching plan when I return, but my plan is not in concrete. I do feel that God has led me through this process of studying and prayer, but I am open to God moving in ways throughout my year to change my direction, if He so chooses. Anyway, it has been interesting to have the various phone calls with the anticipated question, “So, how’s it going?”
I have put together a plan for sharing updates with you that are different than just a regular blog. It is an offer to be a part of an e-mail update system whereby I can let you know what’s going on through my writing or pastoral ministry. There may be times I send an e-mail out to ask for advice on the opening words of a new book, ideas for chapter themes, or advice on a crazy idea. It could be a request for special prayer about a particular avenue of ministry on which I may be about to embark. I suppose it will sort of be like a personal newsletter, but it will many times be an update I feel comfortable sharing with friends who have asked for personal correspondence, but I don’t feel comfortable making it open to the general public who may be reading my blog. I will also offer free gifts along the way as a special way of saying thanks for being interested in what I’m doing and for being a partner in my ministry.
You can sign up for this email update by going to my website at www.timriordan.me. Look to the right side of the home page and scroll down to the bottom of the far right column. You will see something that says, “Receive E-mail Updates from Dr. Tim Riordan.” Just type your e-mail address in the box and click the “sign up” button. Here’s the free gift part: I will respond to all those who sign up with a reply e-mail (give me a week or so to give everyone time to sign up) with a preview of the introduction and first chapter of my new book, Immovable: Standing Firm in the Last Days. My book will not be out until the end of October, but you can get a head start. As a matter of fact, I would welcome your thoughts and comments to the intro and first chapter, once you’ve read it. You can post your comments on my blog below this posting. Let me say in advance, “Welcome aboard.” I look forward to the journey we are about to take together.