Life's speed bumps aside, last week I promised you garage sale stories and so garage sale stories you shall receive.
Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately, depending on how one looks at it), there seemed to be less ahem...interesting, people visit this year's sale. In other words, no one recounted a story of dying, going to heaven, and returning, and no one claimed that God spoke to them personally. One young woman asked if we had a copy of Jesus Calling. We promptly responded with an explanation of why we wouldn't sell her a copy even if we did have one available. She was very receptive and left with a gift of a far more doctrinally sound devotional and lots of sermons. Please pray for her if you think of it.
There were two men who, separately, sought to walk away with a whole stack of the million dollar bill tracts we had set aside for shoppers to take for free. Suffice it to say that, at first glance, they didn't realize what the back of the bills contained. One man said, "My son will die when he sees all these." The response? "Well if he's going to die, then he needs to read the back of those."
The other man's eyes lit up when I showed him the back of the bills. He teaches Sunday School at his church, he said, and thought they'd be great for that forum. While I've no inkling as to the doctrinal fidelity of his church, I know that God's Word and truth never return void, so I am thankful.
Oh, there was also the man who was very excited to buy up the contemporary Christian music CDs that we were ecstatic to see disappear (Don't judge. Those CDs have been around since the days of false conversion, it's just that no one was stupid enough to buy them in the garage sale until now). He shared which church he attended and when I looked at the website, I saw they were proud to boast of their motto, "Love God, love people." Plenty of Law, but where is the Gospel?
Overall, it was a busy and full weekend with several gospel opportunities presented. It was nice to have a year off from the charismatics and Heaven tourists, but who knows what future sales might bring.
Of course, it was also an exhausting weekend, so while I go take a nap, why don't you take a few minutes to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- Look, I'm going to be really blunt: if you're using stickers to study your Bible, you're doing it wrong.
- The real John Knox.
- Whew, glad evangelicals have another celebrity face they can use. The gospel can't spread without fame, you know.
- Here's your weekly dose of adorable (the title on this video is incorrect, but it's still adorable).
- The Cripplegate continues examining the ongoing Trinitarian debate.
- Last week, Don Green spoke to fathers of daughters. Today he addresses those daughters (and sons).
- At this point let's just all clean out our freezers and start over.
- Wow. Horrible. Awful.
- I no longer read or follow Tim Challies' blog, but was still intrigued when Lyndon Unger addressed a recent article wherein Challies discusses dispensationalism.
- So sad.
- I have my reasons for not typically linking to the Pulpit and Pen website, but I appreciate them posting this article regarding John MacArthur and Greg Laurie's Harvest Crusades.
- Sigh. Fine, whatever.
- Quadruple sigh.
- Do we know the identity of the forger behind the so-called "Gospel of Jesus' Wife"?
- The infinite value of redemption: