[introduction from Dr. Tim Kimmel's CONNECTING CHURCH & HOME]
Most people reading a book skip this page. It’s too bad. Lives aren’t solo acts and stories don’t happen in vacuums. There are always key people and entities surrounding a writer that not only enable his words to appear on a page, but help those words
have richer meaning.
I owe a ton of thanks to Steve and Barbara Uhlmann for their cabin in the mountains and to Steve and PollyAnna Stephens for their home on the range. They provided the keys and quiet that was needed to move this book from my head to your hands.
Scottsdale Bible Church doesn’t just give lip service to the transforming power of God’s grace; they want it to permeate their entire culture. They have been a key proving ground for the concepts of this book. I want to especially thank the great folks that met so often, prayed so passionately, and worked so hard to develop and refine the Family Ministry Map: Michael & Chris Tooker, Peter & Julie Bartolini, David & Julie Dickerson, Mark & Robin Snyder, Matt & Janna Everroad, and Trevor & Haley Strawhecker. And I want to give a special shout out to John Trent who was also part of that group. JT is one of the best examples of consistent encouragement I’ve ever known.
Kory Schuknecht played a huge role in the development of the grace-based philosophy of families. But even more, he’s now lighting the way for thousands of families who want to make God’s grace the DNA of their relationships.Then there’s Darcy—the great synthesizer of some of the most profound features of God’s love. If you had this book tested for fingerprints, hers would be all over it. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed doing our personal family ministry together with this amazing lady.
There’s a reason why God’s grace can’t be embraced in the abstract; it’s because it was delivered in person, on a cross, by the Son of God. And it’s to Him that I offer the ultimate acknowledgement and glory.
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