The other thing that I did was I fasted from church growth books. I have a principle now where I read two dead guys to one live guy. It's because we need someone who is living outside of our world and our worldview and our mindset and our times tor really give us perspective. A lot of stuff that is coming out is wonderful but it is a fad. It's not going to be here ten years from now. You can think of all of the practical church growth books that you had on your shelf that as soon as five years went by, they were irrelevant. But reading people like Luther, Augustine, the church fathers, reading people throughout church history who have stood the test of time. You need to find a theological dancing partner. It's more important to read ten books that you read over a lifetime than read a lifetime of books.
- Brian Jones