The Inspiration for “Big Ideas”

The Summer of Big Ideas blog concept was conceived, unknowingly (and ironically), about 9 months ago when I stumbled into Morton Library as a brand new seminarian. What I found was surprising. (Read this post for more on that revelation!)

For some time now, I’ve been seeking a mentor in ministry, someone who is a few steps ahead of me that will pass along hard-earned life lessons and offer a hand of encouragement when I desperately need it. In the library stacks, I found such people. I stumbled on mentor after mentor, lining row after row of shelving. The possibilities are endless.

I’ve been on the hunt for a mentor-in-the-flesh to speak truth into my life and encourage me on the ministry path. But I discovered that right under my nose, mentors awaited me in books. Not just one or two, but slews of mentors who could help me grow to another level. I just had to read their words and let them marinate in my soul.

That revelation in combination with this post by Skye Jethani about his own reading habits has spurred something new in me. “Big Ideas” has been growing in me for a while, and now it is time to work it out here, on this blog. I hope you’ll join me as I delve into the deep thoughts of some great theologians this summer. Thanks for reading!

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One Response to The Inspiration for “Big Ideas”

  1. Megan says:

    Christy, this is so true! At some of my deepest moments in my life, I longed for mentors to speak, share, guide, burden along with me. I finally realized that there are speakers/leaders/authors that can be that for me. I think I realized this after the fact too, which is never easy. I so wish women and men would step up and be mentors, that we would take this call seriously in the church! We have so much to learn and teach to one another. Interested in reading on!

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