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“Lab Rats Wanted”
by Tom Goodman
February 9, 2005

Special Program Note:  Tonight (Wednesday, February 9), our Overcomers Ministry will hold its first graduation ceremony.  Overcomers is a prison aftercare ministry designed to give ex-offenders the habits, resources, and support they need for victory.  Join us in room A-161 at 6:30 p.m. for testimonies and recognitions!
I’m looking for a few Lab Rats—want to be one?

I’m looking for a few folks willing to have some e-mail conversations with their seeking friends.

Many of you know that I’m writing a book designed for seekers wanting to explore the faith and believers wanting to explain the faith.  I’ve set a goal of writing a chapter a week and I’m at the halfway point.

Now I need to test my work on some Lab Rats!  As a Lab Rat, you would do three things:  First, enlist at least one seeking friend to discuss two of my chapters each week.  Tell your friends that you are evaluating a book that your pastor is writing, and since it’s a book especially for seekers, you want their help.  Make sure to let them know that you’ll want to send their comments and suggestions back to me.

Second, I will send all Lab Rats a chapter in e-mail form on Monday and Wednesday every week.  These chapters are short, and designed to be read by the average reader in about 20 minutes.  On my word processor, they run about five pages.

Third, either talk or type with your seeking friends for their reaction.  Then send me a note about your conversation, or forward me their comments.

If you want to see a few of these chapters before committing to be a Lab Rat, go to and have a look.

You don’t have to belong to Hillcrest to be a Lab Rat.  However, keep in mind that becoming a Lab Rat for this experiment involves having conversations about the chapters with seeking friends.  If you’re just curious about what I’m writing, go to the Anchor Course web site instead of signing up for the weekly e-mails.

The Lab Rat experiment begins February 22, so sign up soon!  Write me at if you want to be part of this exciting project!


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