Friday Five: Jenny Smith

Jenny Smith is a gifted teacher, author, and speaker. Recently, she published her first book, Seriously God? I’m Doing Everything I Know To Do and It’s NOT Working!  She lives in Adairsville, GA with her husband, Chad and their three teen daughters. You can find out more about Jenny at her website or by following her on Twitter at @keepinstride As a first time author, what led you to write “Seriously God? I’m Doing Everything I Know To Do And It’s Not Working”? During the past couple of years, we lost everything we thought defined who we were. Our home was fore­closed, many of our so-called friends disappeared, and we struggled to maintain some kind of home life and make our three daughters felt secure. I was looking for a book written by an author who went through a similar experience. I could find all kinds of practical helps, websites to help...

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In Defense of Christian Bookstores, Christian Publishers, and Southern Baptists

It seems there are three, quick, easy, cheap ways to score points if you're a hip, up-and-coming evangelical. Say something negative about Christian bookstores, Christian publishers, and/or Southern Baptists. If you hit on a criticism of all three, you'll really get a lot of back pats and your blog will probably have a lot of new unique visitors. You might even get a book deal. You'll definitely want to buy those cool, new "Rob Bell" glasses. At the risk of sounding old-fashioned, I'm going to defend this seeming unholy trifecta, the supposed enemies of Christian awesomeness. A few weeks ago there was a big controversy about Lifeway Christian stores. In response to a pastor from Florida, Lifeway pulled the movie, Blindside from their stores because of some objectionable content. (for the record, I highly recommend the movie. It's great). It's apparently an evergreen story, because I keep reading fresh blog posts on...

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Off to Europe

Today I'm headed for a ten-day trip to Europe to attend the wedding of my brother, Tim and his wife, Aneta, whose family lives in Krakow, Poland. I will be flying from Chicago, stopping in Helsinki, Finland, then flying to Budapest. Then I will get on another plane and fly from Budapest to Warsaw to Krakow. After spending a few days in Krakow, I will fly back to Budapest (via Vienna) and then drive into Slovakia where I will spend time with Jason and Adele Rice, our missionaries to Slovakia. Jason and Adele are close friends. Jason pastored at Gages Lake prior to my tenture and our family has come to love and appreciate the Rices. I'm excited to see what God is doing through them in this part of the world. So, I will be mostly "off the grid" during this trip. Since data transmission is so expensive for an American...

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What We Should Wake Up Every Morning Saying:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5 (ESV)  I'm preaching on this passage tomorrow at Gages Lake Bible Church. Pray I make much of Jesus....

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