Brennan Manning will be at Spirit West Coast in Monterey August 3-5. That may be worth the trip.
Whenever I feel like a Ragamuffin, I just read a few pages of one of his books. His message board has moved to a new server.
There is a great deal of honest, gut-wrenching, and encouraging conversation there.
Speaking of which - do not forget the Religion Forum or the Christian Fellowship Forum for some hot topics.
Speaking of writers/preachers who lift our spirits, what has Jess Moody been doing lately? He does have an article on Pastor's from 2001. The last time I saw Jess, he was talking about being old, but he was vibrant and witty. Here is a quote:
"We will win the world when we realize that fellowship, not evangelism, must be our primary emphasis. When we demonstrate the Big Miracle of Love, it won't be necessary for us to go out -- they will come in."