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July 26, 2011

Reflections from Wild Goose Festival

Thank you to Rachel Neftzer Snavely, IVP editorial assistant, for taking the time to share her experiences from Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina.

I have a problem. Many, I'm sure, but the one I'm referring to is that I love to be right. Not so bad in itself, I suppose, if it weren't accompanied by a more devious character flaw: I love it when I'm right, someone else is wrong, and I can prove it.

I'm not so hard on myself as to think that I'm the only one who suffers from this hubris. It's human nature, and followers of Jesus are not exempt. In fact, I sometimes wonder if we are not more prone to it than the general population. In any case, it's a serious challenge facing the modern church.

I remember exactly when I realized I had this defect. I was a freshman in college, and had proudly declared my major in Bible and theology. I was telling my boyfriend (who is now my husband) all about what I was learning in one of my theology classes. I excitedly delved into some theological minutiae--something about the economic and immanent Trinity, I think--and spoke very eloquently about all the interesting things I had learned. At the end of my trinitarian sermon, my not-yet-husband asked, "So ... why does all that matter?"

"Um. What?"

He repeated the question. "Why does it matter? I mean, how does it affect our lives?" I don't know, I thought, suddenly frustrated with his practical nature.

I realized then that being right, or knowing facts simply for the sake of knowing them, wasn't sufficient for the faithful follower of Christ. Right thought (orthodoxy) and right action (orthopraxy) have to be connected. Being right--or smart, or informed--is worthless if it isn't connected with obedience and action. In fact, it can be destructive. The book of James says as much. Jesus, too.

Rachel & Nick

This is one of the reasons I was so interested in being a part of the first annual Wild Goose Festival in Shakori Hills, North Carolina. The wild goose is a Celtic metaphor for the Holy Spirit, and this festival was all about gathering together and discussing how the Spirit is moving in our time, and how we can enter into the movements of God. The festival was oriented around the themes of justice, spirituality, art and music, and was intentionally inclusive--all were welcome regardless of age, race, gender or religious commitment.

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Posted by Leah Kiple at 8:30 AM

July 7, 2011

Inventory Day and 50% Off Sale!

June 30th marked the end of IVP's 2010-2011 fiscal year. As is our yearly custom, we held our annual Inventory Day on June 27th to start the new year and end the old one with an accurate account of our book inventory. The distribution center team worked tirelessly in the days leading up to the big day, and volunteers from around the office signed-up to help out with the counting. Check out these pictures from Inventory 2011:

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For those who are wondering what exactly goes on in a publisher's distribution center, here are the facts. The IVP warehouse is 34,000 square feet and currently has 11 full-time employees. This year, these employees picked, packed and shipped over 2,538,000 books!

To receive and ship all these books, we use a ton of boxes. To be more precise, we used 29.84 tons of cardboard this year, or 58,710 pounds. All this was compacted and recycled, saving 264 cubic yards of landfill space, according to www.cardboardrecycling.org.

IVP is ready to start all over for 2011-2012, but first, we'd like to say thank you to our loyal customers by inviting you to participate in our 50% off Summer Sale! Make that summer reading list a little longer with a selection from IVP Books and IVP Academic. This offer is only available online through the end of July, so check it out today and save!

Posted by Leah Kiple at 10:05 AM

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