OK, Ted might not be comfortable with my blog title but I think he’ll forgive me anyways.
Last week, I was blessed to be able to host Christian and sports author, Ted Kluck into our little town. I first came across Ted when reading the book he co-authored called “Why We’re Not Emergent by Two Guys Who Should Be” with his friend and pastor, Kevin DeYoung. The book really captured my attention due to my history with and interest with the challenges of the Emergent church. They do a great job of surfing through the multiple authors of the Emergent movement and address many theological issues that need checked and addressed.
From there, I continued to touch base with Ted through his blog, Ted Wins a Blog. His CCM Smackdowns are still the funniest thing I have seen in a long time (a fresh batch are waiting for me when I get some free time)!
Recently, they have another book called “Why We Love the Church”. In our discussions, Ted was gracious enough to accept an invite from me to come down State Route 23 from Michigan to Marion, Ohio and pay us a visit. First, a book signing at the store, then some dinner conversation, and finished the night with Ted giving a speaking presentation at our church. It was a neat evening with a unique collection of brothers and sisters in Christ from all walks of life. Wonderful to see people who do not want to ignore the problems within the church but not willing to to break up with the bride of Christ either. I know several wanted to be there that could not and I have good news! Ted was also gracious enough to allow us to put his presentation on line on the church web-site. You can hear it here! (Thanks to Scott Szuch for his help)
If you are in town, Ted and Kevin’s two books are on sale at The Shepherd’s Nook (316 McMahan Blvd. – by Kohl’s in Marion, Ohio) right now until 8/30/09 for half off. If you are outside of town, I’m not going to give you an Amazon link. They get enough business. Take a couple minutes and drive over to your local Christian bookstore and support them with your spending dollars.
I appreciated Ted coming to share his ministry with us and I truelly enjoyed, more than anything else enjoying wings at BWs talking about adoption and ministry. Ted is a good man and I count him as a new friend. I highly recommend checking out his books.