Good Friday

My favorite weekend of the year is here! I love remembering what Christ did on Calvary, and then celebrating His resurrection. Please make plans to join us for two special services this weekend —

Good Friday Service at noon on Friday, April 2. We’ll reflect on the meaning of the Cross, especially focusing on exactly what was nailed to that old rugged Cross.

Conspiracy! An Easter Breakfast Drama at 9am and 11am on Sunday, April 4. Join us for breakfast, an original Easter drama, uplifting music, and a look at what really makes our hearts feel alive.

Looking forward to celebrating with you this weekend (a map to the church is here).

Should We Fire God? (book review)

Probably like me, the first thing that caught your eye was the title. Jim Pace didn’t entitle his book Should We Fire God? just to be provocative. It’s a legitimate question. In fact, it’s a question that so many have wrestled with for centuries: How can God allow bad things to happen?

It’s one thing when we in America are asking this question about the genocide in Darfur, or the earthquake in Haiti, or a famine in the Middle East. But what about when it hits so much closer to home?

Jim Price was pastoring at Virginia Tech University, when on April 16, 2007, a lone gunman opened fire on the campus killing over 30 people, including himself. Immediately Jim was forced face-to-face with this age-old question: How could this happen?

Some thought, “If God couldn’t keep us safe, perhaps He’s not up to the job. Should we fire God?

Carefully, honestly, loving, Jim addresses this question. For him, this is not some theoretic exercise. It’s personal. The emotion comes through raw and real. After weighing all the evidence and considering all of the possibilities, Jim reaches the conclusion that…. Well, you’ll have to read Should We Fire God? for yourself and come up with your own conclusion.

If you’ve ever faced heartache, if you’ve ever wondered how God could allow something tragic to happen, if you’ve ever wrestled with the thought of firing God, you will find some great thinking material in this book. I am a FaithWords book reviewer.

This book is not going to be released until April 8, but you have an opportunity to win a free copy. I’ll be picking the winners at 6pm EDT tomorrow, March 31, from all of the entries received by that time. Here are three ways you can win a free copy (or do all three to be entered three times):

  1. Post a comment below telling me what you have learned about God from a difficult circumstance you walked through.
  2. Tell others about this contest on Twitter. Be sure to point them back to this blog post by tweeting the following: For a chance to win a free copy of “Should We Fire God?” go to http://bit.ly/a9M6EP.
  3. Tell others about this contest on Facebook. Put this on your status line: For a chance to win a free copy of “Should We Fire God?” go to http://bit.ly/a9M6EP.

I’ll notify the winners by direct email. Good luck!

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