I recently had the opportunity to chat with world reknown author, pastor, speaker and President of LifeWay Research, Ed Setzer, as part of my series "What's on Your Mind." In his newest book, Subversive Kingdom, Ed challenges Christians realign their lives with the teachings of Jesus. Please join me as we learn more about Ed.
1. What big issues or concepts are you currently thinking about or working on?
I am always thinking about too much stuff. That's called ADD. (smile)
But, there are a few that stand to the top. In just a couple of weeks, we will release some new data exclusively at the Q Conference focusing on the attributes of robust discipleship that leads to people living on mission. It's some amazing data and we are excited about it.
Also, I have a new book out called Subversive Kingdom. It's about kingdom impact and living.
2. What book are you reading right now and what are you learning from it?
I spend a lot of time reading books that are not out yet for endorsement so I am not sure that will help-- people want books that they can get and read. So, I'd have to say that Keller's Reason for God is making me think more deeply about the need for a winsome apologetic in an increasingly skeptical world.
3. Other than the Bible, what book has been the most foundational for your ministry?
It depends on the week. I am easily swayed, I think!
But, overall, Bosch's Transforming Mission reshaped my view of mission in many ways and is perhaps why I am a missiologist today.
4. Where do you go to explore new ideas? What kind of environments inspire you?
I read a lot of blogs-- I find that there are some very good thinkers writing in electrons rather than on paper.
5. Just for fun: what’s your favorite coffeehouse beverage?
I hate coffee... all kinds.
Give me a Diet Coke any day.