What a difference a day makes! Just thinking about the blessings I’ve experienced over the years… sitting under the teaching, working alongside, building friendships, drinking coffee, and eating dinner with and in the midst of some really neat men of God.

Dr. Henry and Marilynn Blackaby

Dr. Henry and Marilynn Blackaby

This past evening we had the privilege of meeting and dining with Dr. Henry Blackaby and his wife Marilynn. (A gift afforded me only by my marriage to my sweet wife Bev, and her work with WBC’s Global Mission Office and Bro. John Crocker) Dr. Blackaby is the author of the best-selling book “Experiencing God” and is in town to speak at the Global Impact Celebration at Whitesburg Baptist Church this weekend. What a treat to hear the stories of how they met and how God shaped them and their ministry/mission philosophy…find out where God’s working and join in. Dr. Blackaby is not only an inspiring Christian author, but I found him a truly personable and passionate follower of Christ. When I asked him for his take on the current state of the church; why so many typical congregations are filled with dispassionate pew sitters, yet the modern church plants are exploding onto the scene and bursting at the seams… he responded, “…they aren’t looking for more doctrine, they are looking for more relationship.” To which I was compelled to ask, ….which is more important? His response, “Relationship.”  Not the churchy answer… I like it!   I pressed him about the “dispassionate pew sitters.”….Are they just apathetic towards God or non-responsive out of fear for what He might do in their life if they respond.  He said, “No, they’re just not being taught….If you’re the pastor, you ask God what the people need to hear and preach that, then you will see their lives change.” No heavy spiritual diatribe, pretty simple and straight forward.  And, this isn’t a response from some upstart hipster pastor in skinny-jeans…. this is coming from a man who has put in the blood, sweat, tears and years serving Christ.  Knowing God is experiencing God. He said, “if knowing God doesn’t radically impact your life, you don’t know God.” Read the rest of this entry »

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