If you are not already familiar with Rob Bell, you should be. His teaching has had a profound influence on me. He does incredible historical contexual work on his subjects that is simply fascinating. He is full of hope and vision, plus he can be quite funny. His recent lessons are available to download for free as mp3 files. The older ones you can buy for a dollar a piece. I'm about to go to a big "youth rally" type thing in Gatlinburg called Winterfest, so I don't have alot of time to write today. Check Rob out if you have time and let me know what you think.