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A Blatant Case of Backside Kissin'

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The main purpose for this blog is to serve as my journal/diary.  Often times I’ve written about things I wish to remember in the future.  I sometimes go back and read old entries and am surprised at how things have changed, most often those “changes” are my opinions on matters.  I feel like I should put a disclaimer at the top of this site that says, “My Opinions are Subject to Change Without Notice”.  I embrace this constant evolution, however.  I’m confident it’s something God is doing within me, and who wants to remain the same once HE has become involved in one’s life?

I’m also convinced God has a way of leading us to places we’re supposed to be. While there are numerous examples of this within my own life, for this post I’ll focus on the church I call home and the man who leads it, as much of the changes within me have come as a direct result of the perspectives I’ve encountered therein.

I first met Dr. Bill Giovannetti in a quaint little coffee shop called Yaks just weeks after leaving my past behind. I won’t bore you with details, but that meeting eventually led to a friendship I cherish very much.  Bill is the lead pastor at Neighborhood Church, which I now call home.  His style of preaching is exactly what I need. I particularly enjoy the way Dr. G brings context into scripture.

An open admission:  I fully intend to steal Bill’s sermon notes should I ever find myself speaking in front of churches on topics other than porn.  There’s not a sermon I’ve heard that doesn’t teach me something new, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that.

I really don’t like to kiss a whole lot of backside, so I’m not going to list all the things I appreciate about my Pastor…  but there are a lot of them.  Suffice it to say:  if anyone who listens to Bill on a regular basis DOESN’T spiritually grow it’s his/her own fault, ’cause there is no doubt he puts a big spotlight on the path to spiritual maturity.  I realize I’m still down there in the infant stages, but I’m listenin’ and learnin’.

If you live too far from Redding, CA to attend Neighborhood Church, the wonders of technology (and good ol’ fashioned books) will allow you, too, to benefit from the teachings of Bill G.  Here are four ways:

I’d also highly recommend clicking over to and making a purchase this afternoon (check out that last quote on the back cover 🙂 ):

“How to Keep Your Inner Mess From Trashing Your Outer World: Creating Peace from Your Inner Chaos” (Bill Giovannetti)

One thought on “A Blatant Case of Backside Kissin'

  1. I don’t think, Donny, that appreciating your home-church pastor is “backside kissin'” in the least way! Butt-kissing has a negative connotation to me, so I don’t agree with you on that.

    However, I agree with all the rest about Dr. G’s attributes and his contribution to the growth and learning of us all! He is a marvelous wonder in this dark, legalistic world! Personally, he has affirmed me and my growth in grace, even with the legalistic background I suffered! (I’m rather prejudiced here!) I’m so thankful for his words of wisdom and truth; I’ll join you in shouting his praises, OK?

    And, you’re so right you were in the right place at the right time, in God’s providence, to gain from Dr. G’s influence in your life and growth! Praise God! Right?

    And, I, for one, am glad to read your changes of opinion and insight!! Yeah!

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