Well, we're back. Marilyn and I returned this weekend from our annual Timothy/Barnabas retreat with Johnny Hunt of Woodstock, Georgia. A great time was had by all. Some of my favorites were there. Jerry Vines, former pastor of one of the largest churches in America. Jamey Ragle, the funniest man in America, bar none, who doesn't have to resort to profanity for a laugh. Newsong was there as well. It's amazing how they have continued to re-invent themselves over the years. Their sound is fresh and they rocked the house. Finally, J. Hunt was his usual inspiring self. Johnny is a true friend to pastors. He really speaks the language and understands the heart of a pastor better than anyone I have ever heard. It is interesting that in a sense Pastor Hunt is re-inventing himself as well. His dress is more casual and his language more relevant. For a couple of days Marilyn and I were refreshed and encouraged. Then there was the drive home.
There is nothing more likely to cause someone to lose their Christianity than to drive from Atlanta to Chattanooga in the remnants of a hurricane. What should have taken 2 hours took 4. Sadly, all the tension that we were able to release while at the retreat returned with a vengeance before we got home. It is amazing that some people ever received a drivers license at all. Does it seem reasonable to you that a car should at least slow beneath the speed limit in bumper-to-bumper traffic during a driving rainstorm and visibility at about 3 feet. It didn't occur to those who were fellow travelers on I-75 last Friday. As a matter of fact, many of them took the opportunity to drive and water ski at the same time. Their sporting adventures caused the rest of us to take twice as long as it should to drive home. So several times between Acworth and East Ridge I lost and regained my salvation more times than a schizophrenic at a tent revival. We are safely at home now, thankful for the memories and even more thankful for traveling grace and the prayers of a few great friends.
See you around the throne, Pastor Ken