This kind of discipleship is costly. And sometimes, as Ted discovered, we pay those costs from the wrong account. Jesus showed people in His life how not only to care for people, but how to love people the way they were created to experience love. After all most books on this subject deal with strategies for improving and mutliplying your disciple-making. I received this advice almost a year ago, and it has helped me immensely to become a stronger, God-glorifying man.
It tells the beginning to the end of a car repair process, and ends with a wonderful picture of two happy man driving the car into the sunset, happy for a job well done. Ted Kluck is an award-winning author and freelance writer. But Dallas and the Spitfire: An Old Car, an Ex-Con, and an Unlikely Friendship, the book chronicling their burgeoning relationship, offers an often painfully honest but encouraging look at the fruit of Christian discipleship. This kid has lived a lot of life for a twenty-one-year-old. He remembers purchasing some of the Tyson pay-per-views with friends.
They are real, letting us see the challenges with walking with God in this world, overcoming personal crises and rejoicing in everyday life. It is about two persons desiring to be more wholesome in their humanness, and more Christlike in their relationships, through a common vehicle: a broken down convertible. In both cases, it draws the Christian to desire God more deeply and more wholly. It requires us to back up words with actions, to model what we teach. It tells us about authentic discipleship that is relational and ordinary, connectional rather than correctional, and above all, sharing the love of Christ in any circumstance. .
It's all about living life for others. I try to hide my shock. In fact, all of the tattoos look kind of incongruous beneath such a friendly and young-looking face. I hope I'm such good friends with my friends that I never have to start a conversation that way. So, in my normal ridiculous fashion of giving Ted great reviews, I have to end on a few funny notes. Shortly into our latte-sipping session it occurs to me that neither Dallas nor I are really the latte-sipping types.
Jesus taught, He led by example, He came alongside, and He healed. At times these two get into comedic drama that is only paralleled by Burt Ward and Adam West and yes, that is a complement. Because he had no choice, he began attending Mission Bible studies and found himself moved by the message of the Gospel. Ted and Dallas make discipleship what it should be: relational and authentic! For their discipleship to work, they need an activity to do. It shows us the way beyond mere coffee talk to carefree walk. I gotta say it feels good to be sober, but it also feels kind of weird. This book gives readers a wonderful picture of Christian discipleship, one that doesn't shy away from the messiness of personal sin, even as it shows God at work in the lives of both men.
Ted Kluck is a witty writer and a joy to read, and his and Dallas' story are inspiring and encouraging. So I wrote it on my fingers. I am none of these. But I really want to read the book on Tyson. My own car, a Pontiac Vibe, has the same gross patina. Here are three prominent features of this picture.
Jahncke is new to writing, but the tattooed ex-con recovering addict writes vividly 'If you have ever romanced coke yourself, you know she's a high maintenance girl' , but also more reverently than Kluck, whose cheeky banter comes with footnotes used to squirrel away humor. This is a book that will grab your heart-strings, stir your affections, point you to the Truth of God's Word and make you smile all at once. This book helps me understand what can happen to a man to bring him to the depths. I cried at my own. My testimony is delightfully boring.
Filled with surprises and humor, Dallas and the Spitfire tells a gripping story of two lives changed, and along the way gives readers a new model for men's ministry. Each chapter ends with an affirmation of what God is speaking to Ted and also to Dallas. Christians need to be encouraging one another in the faith and those with a more seasoned faith ought to be coming alongside newer or less mature believers to guide them into maturity. Theological discussions often turn violent, ironically. In the process of practicing discipleship with an ex-convict, Pastor Ted ends up realizing that he is in fact the one being discipled through Dallas!. That's the dilemma that Ted Kluck faces when he's assigned by his church to disciple Dallas Jahncke, a recovering drug addict, ex-convict, and brand-new Christian who Kluck would take under his wing--a pairing that, at first glance, might seem more appropriate for the plot of a summertime buddy comedy than a title you'll find in a Christian bookstore.
The problem is that once you have gotten your nifty new product, the dallas and the spitfire kluck ted jahncke dallas gets a brief glance, maybe a once over, but it often tends to get discarded or lost with the original packaging. Reading a book together is played—we both read a bunch on our own. He was far from perfect--and in fact, I would argue that this honesty about his imperfections made him an even better discipler--but the way he talked with me, listend to me, and spent time with me will provide a road map for my time with Dallas. Check out 10 Tips to Turn Bible Reading from Drudgery to Delight Let me know your email address. His neck reads No Regrets, though, ironically, he would admit that he has lots of them. And I know I was tabbed for this job because I have experience dealing with rough people, i.