I am safely home from my short trip to the Shenandoah Valley. I spent Sunday morning at the Kernstown United Methodist Church in Kernstown, VA where I spoke to a combined adult Sunday School class.
You may be curious about how I managed to string two speaking engagements together at a 275-year old Presbyterian Church and a 175-year-old United Methodist Church located within about a mile of one another. As it turns out, Clay Knick, the pastor of Kernstown Methodist and a regular reader of The Way of Improvement Leads Home, invited me to speak about Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? at his church. And then, about a week or so later, George Schember of the Opequon Presbyterian Church invited me to come to Winchester, VA to talk about Philip Vickers Fithian‘s 1775-1776 visit to the Shenandoah Valley. I had no idea that these two churches were so close to one another. What a coincidence. (Or perhaps it was all providential!)
Clay Knick, his wife Lisa, and his daughter Melissa were wonderful hosts and it was a pleasure meeting them. I also learned a few things. Not only was my soul encouraged and strengthened by Clay’s sermon on the raising of Lazarus from the dead, but I also learned that death and taxes are not the only things that are absolutely certain in life. According to Clay, there are actually FOUR things that are certain in life: death, taxes, laundry, and trash. I think I agree! By the way, I was also mentioned in the sermon in order to illustrate the social networking power of Facebook!
Thanks John! We really enjoyed yesterday. So many positive comments from our folks today about your lecture.