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Come on, Spuds

 Carmen and I had a wonderful Spud reunion this weekend in Portland at Wordstock, an impressive gathering of writers and readers. Afterwards, we want to Andina, a beautiful Peruvian restaurant in the Pearl District for a delicious meal and wide-ranging conversation. Thank you Carmen and Jeremy for such a lovely evening and making me feel so at home in your splendid city.

Two new books are out and I'm pleased to share covers with you. Game Changer is the true story of John McLendon and the Secret Game in 1944 and Randy Duburke, an illustrator I've wanted to work with for years, did an amazing job with the art.

The Extreme Sports book that some of you have heard about is also out and I'm thrilled with the design work done by Headcase Design. Please spread the word to folks you think would be interested in both of them. And let's go, Spuds. Stephanie took the first step. We want to hear your news and I know some of you have fun things to share.


Edie Hemingway said...

Thanks, John, for giving us a push! How wonderful that you and Carmen met up in Portland. I miss all the spuds and look forward to our own reunion. I've had a difficult week with the death of my mother, but will try to put together a post soon.

Lauren said...

How lovely to see both of you- John and Carmen! It sounds like a great time in Portland and an inspiring conference in many ways. John, congratulations on your TWO new books! I am eager to see and read both of them.

Diane Adams said...

Glad you two got to see each other. So excited for your new books, John, and yours too Stephanie!! Way to go!! Edie, thinking of you. So sorry for your loss. My mom is still alive, with Alzheimers, but I had the best dream of her looking beautiful and young again. In the dream she told me that if I wanted to see her, to just look in the mirror. It was a lovely moment, and I couldn't help but feel that it was an answer to some sort of prayer I had whispered. Miss you all.

David LaRochelle said...

You indeed have reasons to celebrate, John! Congratulations! And I'm glad that two of the spuds got together for a mini reunion.

As someone who has also watched a parent deteriorate with Alzheimer's, I know what a tough thing that is to watch, Diane. That dream was indeed a gift, and I'm sure it was what your mom would want to tell you if she could.

betsy woods said...

Hooray to all the beautiful celebrations! And how lovely to see John and Carmen at Wordstock. Sending support to all the tender spaces, Diane and Edie. Write on . . .

Steve Finnell said...


The teaching of most in the Southern Baptist denomination is that water baptism is not essential to salvation because it is a work and works cannot save. They quote Ephesians 2:8-9 as their proof-text.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.(NKJV)

The gift men receive because of God's grace is salvation. We do not receive salvation because of any meritorious works, we are not saved because of our good deeds. We are not saved because we have lived a good and perfect life. The short answer is we are not saved because of "our works".

The question remains, is allowing someone to baptize you in water, a work, is it a good deed, is it a meritorious work? Of course not, it is simply obeying the command of Jesus to be baptized in order to be saved. (Mark 16:16...and is baptized shall be saved...NKJV)

If being baptized in water is a work, (the person being baptized does nothing but submit to baptism) then why is having faith not a work. Why is confessing Jesus as Lord and the Son of God not a work? Why is believing that God raised Jesus from the dead not a work.

OBEYING THE GOSPEL PLAN OF SALVATION IS NOT A WORK. Faith John 3:16, Repentance Acts 3:19, Confession Romans 10:9, Immersion in water Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:21, Acts 22:16, Mark 16:16.

What do you want to trust for your salvation, Southern Baptist doctrine or the Bible?

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