Monthly Love: April

hello-april (1)Here’s just some of the things I loved in April:

1. First Baptist Church of Washington, MI

I had the privilege of speaking here several times in March and April. My last visit was very sweet. The congregation was kind, encouraging, and welcoming. It was a joy to fill in for them for a few Sundays as they await the arrival of their future pastor.

2. Addiction Counseling Workshop

College Park Church in Indianapolis hosted a wonderful training event for those working with addicts. It was a wonderful refresher for me, but also very insightful. There were a number of helpful things I learned from the weekend that I simply didn’t know, and a number of strategies and helps that I will be implementing in the future. I am also excited to build an ongoing relationship with Dan Johnson, who hosted the weekend, and look forward to reaping the benefits of his expertise and years of experience.

3. Batman vs Superman: The Dawn of Justice

So, it wasn’t nearly as bad as critics said it was…but not nearly as good as the Frank Miller graphic novel. I loved the comics, and the movie was good. Not great, but good.

4. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson

This is one of my favorite new series out now. Kamala Khan is an endearing character and her story is imaginatively and compelling told by Wilson. As a fangirl Kamala represents the comic nerd. She loves her heroes and is astounded that she gets to be one. I loved this volume with its inclusion of both Wolverine and Lockjaw as a means of revealing both her distinction from these other heroes and her participation in their world.

5. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Season 2

Season 2 has not been as good as season one, in my opinion, but Kimmy’s unbelievable charm and optimism are just contagious. You can’t watch this show and not love this character.

6. A Theology of Biblical Counseling by Heath Lambert

Lambert has written a fantastic book on the foundations of counseling. His exploration of the various doctrines of the church avoid duplicating more advanced systematic theologies, but without losing any important content relevant for thinking about Biblical counseling. His chapters on the sufficiency of Scripture and on common grace are worth the price of the book in my opinion.

7. Kuhnhenn Brewing 

Krista and I had an awesome lunch at this new location on Groesbeck. The buffalo burger I had was delicious, and the lamb with apple and cranberry sauerkraut that Krista ate was amazing! In addition, the duck fat fries were killer. I ate way too much food, and I plan to go there again and eat way too much food.

8. Sea Life at Great Lakes Crossing

We took the kids here for a family fun day this month and it was a blast. I was surprised by how much this aquarium at the mall had. We saw small sharks, GIANT crabs, beautiful sting rays, and fish. It was a great time and I would recommend it for an occasional outing.

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