Counter Culture

I attended Secret Church last night at Calvary.  And although Ben had to pull the plug early because, as babies usually are, the baby who usually is a breeze to take to functions would.not.go.to.sleep.  Mom and I made it to midnight, just before the last session, but Mom was getting delirious, so we had to leave. But I had a huge takeaway from the simulcast event with over 50,000 viewers worldwide, with still more to watch as it is translated into languages and rebroadcasted by churches even more. I am not a persecuted Christian. As I sat with my brothers and sisters in Christ at Calvary last night, we left the doors to the church unlocked so people could come and go as they pleased.  No one threatened to come in and arrest all participants.  No one opened fire on our church and its members.  No one planted explosives outside the door. And while Secret Church did have a small threat yesterday – The Church at Brook Hills, where Secret Church is broadcast from, had a threat and the location for Dr. David Platt had to be moved – it still didn’t stop the event.  David Platt just found somewhere else

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I had the pleasure this weekend of attending a women’s conference at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham with my mother in law.  We attended Shades when we lived in Birmingham, so it was nice to be back and see all of our friends. The keynote speaker for the event was Jen Hatmaker.  If you have not read her books or heard her speak, I would highly encourage you to.  You know that episode of Friends where the book Kujo scares Joey, so he puts the book in the freezer?  Jen Hatmaker did the same thing for me with her book, Interrupted.  I’ve actually hidden it so well that I can’t find it anymore, which is a shame because Mom wants to borrow it. I have to hide it because she speaks truth so well that it hits the deepest core of me and it scares me to death that I am actually being challenged to do what she is asking of me. But it’s not her asking me at all.  It’s the Holy Spirit prodding and urging and pushing me to do these things that He’s called me to do.  And as Mordecai made it clear to Esther (Esther

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