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Family Notes 5/29/2010 (Mar-Jun 2010)

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by Edward Fudge
May 29, 2010

BABY’S SAFE ARRIVAL — I am working this week from Dallas, where early Tuesday afternoon we greeted the safe arrival of Calley Marie Fudge into the family of our son and daughter-in-law Jeremy and Kristy, and of their two preschool daughters. We thank God for the absence of complications and that mother and infant are doing well now at home. This is our fifth grandchild, but who’s counting?

MIDDLE TENNESSEE MINISTRY — God willing, I will be serving in Middle Tennessee parts of the next two weeks:

June 3-5 — Lipscomb University
Attending the Christian Scholars Conference; moderating an interdisciplinary scholarly panel on Friday critiquing “Kabul24,” with filmmakers responding. This documentary film traces the story of Christian aid workers who were captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan and falsely charged with proselytizing Moslems.

June 6 — Franklin, Tennessee
Forest Home Church. Sunday 9:00 a.m., “Jesus Our Great High Priest”; 10:00 a.m., “The Holy Spirit During this Time ‘Until’ “. 1751 Old Natchez Trace, Franklin. Lance Hickerson – Preaching Minister, (H) 615-595-8336; (cell) 615-974-2440.

PREACHING SENSITIVITY — In chapter 4 of his book titled As One Without Authority, master preacher Fred B. Craddock urges preachers to constantly battle against losing their imagination and sensitivity to “the sights, sounds, and flavors of life.” Following are some of his comments from that chapter.

The battle can be waged with some success simply by staying alive personally. This means that the preacher does not allow himself to become only a dealer in those commodities that allow others to live; he himself lives. He does not just announce the hymns, he sings; he does not just lead in prayer, he prays.
Time spent walking rustic lanes, pushing on crowded subways, strolling among window shoppers, or standing in dreary terminals where life is reduced to arrival and departure is not with notebook in hand getting illustrations for sermons. Rather these are the movements and scenes of his own life and from his own psyche they inevitably become part of his preaching. If the imagery of his sermons is to be real he must see life as life, not as an illustration under point two. This means that the preacher who sees a cloud as a cloud, garbage as garbage, a baby as a baby, and death as death will be able to share images that are clear and that awaken meaning.

It is true that there are tongues in trees and sermons in stones but only he who deals with trees as trees and stones as stones gets the message. It was while looking for his father’s asses that Saul found a kingdom. Two men of Emmaus shared an ordinary evening meal with a stranger and that supper became a sacrament. Life on its grandest scale comes to him who opens the door to the ordinary. read more >>


FEEDBACK ON THE DIVINE RESCUE — Doug Hale, preaching minister for Vandelia Church of Christ in Lubbock, Texas writes concerning The Divine Rescue: “I believe you have taken on one of the most important needs in the church today–giving people the big picture of God’s story. For too long, we have see Scripture as just a bunch of isolated verses and have used them to prove almost anything we wanted, but you have shown how the story all fits together and how the Creator is at the center of everything. I have been reading portions of your book to small groups in the congregation and urging them to order it and read for themselves. When you come in October, I hope you can bring a few copies with you. Again, thanks for listening to what the Spirit has to say to the churches. You are a blessing.”

On that note, the May 16 Mark Lanier interview of Edward and Sara Faye regarding The Divine Rescue is now on YouTube in four brief parts, thanks to gracEmail subscriber Mike McHenry who edited and produced these “shorts.” Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 To see original full-length video, click here.

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