Are you awake?

I have a feeling that’s a question that we’ll hear a lot of over the next few weeks. If you aren’t familiar with what we mean by that yet, then let me help you out.

It’s a question that Greg Boyd asks throughout his book Present Perfect: Finding God in the Now. In fact, you can’t go more than a few pages in the book without seeing a post-it note asking that very question.

In the introduction, Boyd shares the story about a personal experience that he had when he became very aware of God’s presence. In that moment he experienced a clarity and a sense of wonder about God’s creation that made him feel more alive than ever.

After careful study of the Scriptures and writings of classic authors like Brother Lawrence, Boyd quickly realized that God is always there. Therefore, the most important thing that we can is not to try to find His presence, but simply become aware of it.

Many of us may have experienced an awareness of God’s presence before, but we all know that it can ‘leave’ as quickly as it ‘appeared’. But that doesn’t mean that God left. Hence Boyd’s question…

Are you awake?

That’s what I find so exciting about a book (and a group discussion) like this one. I know that the presence of God brings a life-transforming power, and I know that’s something that I can use more of in my life. And you probably can too.

It’s always been a goal of mine here at to have the discussions that help all of us grow closer to God, and allow Him to change our lives. I believe when that happens, we can go change our world.

So I pray that not only will many become more aware of God’s presence, but also that many more are transformed by it. I pray for all of those who are reading and joining this discussion, and that it reaches the people that it needs to. I pray that through this discussion may God use us to change our world so that we can be a part of bringing honor and glory to His ever present presence. Amen.



[present perfect] introduction

by Dan King time to read: 2 min