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Archive for June 29th, 2010

This past weekend, I was humbled to be asked by the leadership of the Church of the Cove in our favorite town of Townsend, TN to preach at it’s two services. On most weekends, it would be close to impossible to be able to go with short notice but God made it happen through the awesome acts of others. On the way home, I started to make a list in my head of all the blessings that came together to be able to go this past weekend (as well as a few extras for good measure).

– The elders of the Church of the Cove being kind enough to invite me
– My wife being quick to being open to the trip and sharing it with me
– My wife is currently using vacation days to take Mondays off which gave us freedom to go
– A massive outreach event we had planned for last saturday was moved a few weeks ago that would have kept me home
– Amber just came home from a three-week trip and was able to play bass in my place at a concert we were doing in Marion on Saturday
– Katie agreed to share a message on Sunday at The Shepherd’s Fellowship even though she was getting ready for the fair which is a HUGE time consumer for her family
– The elders from The Shepherd’s Fellowship being on the same page as me to minister to a sister church
– Well wishes and prayers from people here at home
– A couple from the Church of the Cove let us stay in one of their cabins for free
– Prayer over me by those at the church
– Kind, kind words by those who were there
– A family from the church bought our lunch without our knowledge until after they left the restaurant
– An offer from one local business owner for a day of horse riding and zip line usage (which we weren’t able to do but appreciated)
– Another offer to join a family for lunch at Subway that we weren’t able to do
– Able to be at the renewing of vows of a couple we care about and are still praying for
– Getting to see several friends who I usually have to settle for Facebook contact with
– and to top it all off, God let us finally see a bear up close and personal at Cades Cove as it got a little rest and water

I am sure I am forgetting other blessings as this weekend played out and I apologize if I am. I mostly wanted to take a moment and thank God and those who were willing to be used by Him that made this past weekend so special for us…. Still praying for Church of the Cove…….

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OK, let me cut to the chase of it….. if you’re looking for a devotional… buy this book! Now! Stop reading, go to your local Christian bookstore, and buy this book!

I am very picky when it comes to devotionals. For the most part, I just don’t like them. They are either new, trendy and shallow or they were written 100 years ago and have great but hard to read content. We make it a practice to do devotions as a family in the morning and half the time, it is more about spending time together and showing Emily (our 4-year-old) that quiet time is important than having impactful experiences. Am I depressing you yet?

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OK, with my normal book reviews I have to do the whole legal thing of saying I got this book for free in exchange for a review. Not so this time, I had the get the book all on my own (what’s up with that Mr. Kluck?) and then I decided to do a review.

Kinda Christianity is a tongue in cheek, sarcastic little book that is a play off of Brain Mclaren’s book “A New Kind of Christianity”. If you are looking for a book that debates the points Mr. Mclaren made in his book, this is not it. If you’re looking for a book that digs into the theology of Emergent verses the traditional Christian standard, keep looking (Maybe towards “Why We’re Not Emergent by the same author). If you’re looking for a funny take on the stereotypes with Emergent’s loudest voices that bust through the smoke screen of defenses to deflect from the errors with the Emergent movement….. one that will make you laugh and say “That’s not right….” at the same time….. BINGO! You found it!

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