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Tonight at the Ryman Auditorium

December 15, 2014
Amy and I at the Ryman in 2011

Amy and I at the Ryman in 2011

Every year, I receive the sweet gift of an invitation to play Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God concert at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium. Tonight, by no merit of my own, I’ll get to share the stage with a bus-load of people I love dearly and sing a song for the sold out Ryman crowd. (My wife and older kids will be among them, along with a few other precious relatives and friends.)

It is a night full of grace and wonder, and even after all these years, I know the “True Tall Tale” will surprise me again. My eyes will leak and my chest will catch as the music and the story remind me of the great story God has been writing forever. I’m so grateful to get to play a tiny part tonight, and it reminds me of my gratitude for the Gospel.

By some strange mercy, I’ve been caught up in the story of the Gospel, and everything about my own story has come to life because of it. Every blessing carries its fragrance. Every heavy trouble is made lighter by its promise. If you are reading this today, and aren’t sure what to believe about Jesus. That’s okay. But take a chance. Do like the shepherds did so many years ago.  Go and see. 

Find a church that is telling the story again, and go. Look past your presumptions. Have mercy, whether you encounter distracting high-tech light glitz or campy, wooden performances. The people are there not because they are pros. They are there because they have tasted redemption. They have tasted forgiveness and maybe even freedom. They have seem the impossible become possible and Christmas gives them a chance to say, “Yes. This happened. I know because it is happening to me.”

If you can come to the Ryman tonight, COME! But I hope the rest of you will venture out in the next 10 days to remember the story that gives humanity a chance. We are loved! Go tell it on the mountain! Jesus Christ is born.

Blog Hop, Blog Hop, Stocking Giveaway!

December 10, 2014

What’s a BLOG HOP, you say? I’m glad you asked, because this “Favorite Things” blog hop has…

THIRTEEN chances to WIN!!

In a world… where family-focused bloggers band together to create (maybe) the greatest GIVEAWAY of all time… YOU… yes you, have 13 chances to become a very lucky winner.  

First, scroll down and look.  You will want to win these “Favorite Thing” prizes.

Then, scroll to the bottom to see the details for Slugs & Bugs giveaway items.

Enter to win the Slugs & Bugs Christmas “Stocking” (all the pictured S&B items) by leaving a comment below, THEN, hop to all the other sites and enter to win their stockings!

(We will choose our winning comment at random on Wednesday, Dec 17th!)

Take your time and scroll around in this great group of blogs. Each blogger is giving away super-cool stuff! (What’s in the Bible DVDs, Seeds Family Worship CDs, the Jesus Storybook Bible, super-comfy slippers, and that barely scratches the surface!)

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Visit these great blogs for more chances to win more “Favorite Things!” “Blog Hop” ends in one week! (we’ll announce our winner announced on Wednesday, Dec 17th!!)

1. Thriving Home

2. Happy Home Fairy

3. The Nourishing Home 

4. Heavenly Homemakers

5. Meaningful Mama

6. Slugs and Bugs

7. Seeds Family Worship

8. Jennifer Ebehack

9. The Generous Wife

10. The Modest Mom Blog

11. My Humble Kitchen

12. Kara Chupp

13. Motherhood on a Dime

OK, now scroll down and leave a comment to win ALL these Slugs & Bugs prizes!!!

(3 posters, 4 CDs, a DVD, a T-shirt, an ornament, and a sheet of temporary tattoos!)

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Slugs & Bugs CDs make great stocking stuffers! Visit the store to see our discount bundles…

Click here for Discount Bundles!

African Children’s Choir Movie? Yes!

December 4, 2014

Love “Sing the Bible”?  You’ve GOTTA check this out.

The very same Ugandan kids that sing on “Sing the Bible” are starring in an independent film called “Imba Means Sing.” It follows African Children’s Choir #39 for almost two years – even including some footage of them recording with Slugs & Bugs in Nashville!

Follow the link below to learn more, and consider helping this movie reach the finish line! It follows Moses and Angel and the rest of Choir #39 through their ACC experience.

Moses is the Scripture reader on “Freedom” (Track #1 on Sing the Bible). If you’ve ever wondered who that kid was, now’s your chance to see him. Click the link and check these amazing kids out!

 
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BIG News From the Slugs and Bugs Store! (Discounts, Tattoos, Posters, Oh My!)

November 24, 2014

Just in time for Christmas, there’s a slew of new goodies in the Slugs & Bugs Store, and TWO great discounts!

1. First, get 10% off everything in the store this week only (SALE ends Friday) by entering the discount code HAPPY at checkout.

2. OR, if you subscribe to our newsletter (The Slugs & Bugs Bacon), you’ll receive a 20% discount code in our Dec 1 edition!! Subscribe and SAVE!

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With that discount code, you can also get everything in the store! Here’s the list of new Slugs & Bugs goodies!

1. Temporary Tattoos!  – These tattoos are just the right size to fit on a cute little cheek or hand or shoulder. They are actually for sale now. Two (duplicate) sheets for $5. One sheet is pictured.

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2. T-Shirts In More Sizes! - We now have the GREEN Superbug t-shirt in 3T, XS, S, M, L, and XL (all youth sizes).  Still no adult sizes yet. And in case you didn’t know, our iconic Superbug was illustrated by the one and only Andrew Peterson.

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3. Our New Slugs & Bugs Ornament! – This is our second S&B ornament in the series, and we’re so proud of it! With a lively illustration by Joe Sutphin, this shatter-proof ornament will be a joyful addition to many Christmas trees this December.

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4. Posters!! – Here’s a look at a all the S&B posters, now at a seasonal discount price.

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5. The DVD and CDs! - Of course we’ll have our new releases  (The DVD of animated videos and Sing the Bible), as well as all the Slugs & Bugs CDs over at the Slugs & Bugs Webstore!

 

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Results of the Poster Poll!

November 23, 2014

Our “Love One Another” poster poll got a terrific response from the Slugs & Bugs Neighborhood. Passions ran high, and a clear victor emerged, bathed in a warm orange glow. However! Because of the great response, we have decided to print both posters for a limited time. The orange “Love One Another” poster will reside in our permanent poster series, but we will also print 40 green “Love One Another” posters for the die-hard green fans out there. We’ll number them, so you’ll know which one you’ve received.

Thanks so much, everyone, for weighing in on the poll! Here are all the Scripture posters we have available now at the Slugs & Bugs Store… (This week only, 10% off everything in the webstore! Use the code HAPPY at checkout.)

(click here to see all our new Christmas goodies!)

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(Only 40, hand numbered Green “Love One Another” Posters available)

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Slugs & Bugs in Idaho!

November 19, 2014

We had three concerts in Idaho over the weekend, and it was one of my favorite weekends of the year. We landed in a rare Boise blizzard, and woke up to over a foot of snow. It was beautiful, but the best part of the weekend was having my daughter, Livi, with me. Not only did she rock the fiddle, hand motions and harmonies for every concert, but she also took pictures! (see below)

Eagle Christian Church hosted two wonderful concerts around Boise, and we finished up our tour at Watersprings Church in Idaho Falls. Everywhere Slugs & Bugs travels, we experience gracious hosts, and Idaho was no exception. The temperature dropped to a frigid 12 below zero, but the people were warm and welcoming. We made new friends at every stop, and may even head back to Idaho (and Utah next door) this summer when we hit the Northwest again.

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Leaving Nashville… we snapped this pic and texted it to Amy (mom) just before liftoff!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This was the view from our hotel room window in Boise. Amazing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had time in the morning and went to see Big Hero Six. Also Amazing! Seriously, go see it.

We had time in the morning and went to see Big Hero Six. Also Amazing! Seriously, go see it.

 

 

 

 

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At one of the sweet host churches we visited. There was no shortage of snow!

 

 

 

When Livi wasn't playing fiddle or leading hand motions, she snapped some pics, and this is one of one of the warm Idaho crowds.

When Livi wasn’t playing fiddle or leading hand motions, she snapped some pics, and this is one of one of the warm Idaho crowds.

 

 

 

On Sunday in Idaho Falls, it was 6 degrees outside, so of course we went on an adventure. This is the Snake River, frozen.

On Sunday in Idaho Falls, it was 6 degrees outside, so of course we went on an adventure. This is the Snake River, frozen.

 

 

 

Livi at the frozen Snake River!

Livi at the frozen Snake River!

 

 

 

These kids (and their leaders) set the bar HIGH for the future kids choirs. If you've got kids that like to sing, We'd love to do a Sing the Bible concert at your church in 2015!

These kids (and their leaders) set the bar HIGH for the future kids choirs. If you’ve got kids that like to sing, We’d love to do a Sing the Bible concert at your church in 2015!

 

 

 

Whew! Bye bye snowy Idaho, hello... Snowy Nashville?

Whew! Bye bye snowy Idaho, hello… Snowy Nashville?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In case you haven’t heard, Livi is joining the Slugs & Bugs Live tour full-time! From January through May, Livi will accompany me for all S&B concerts. So if you’d like to bring us in to your community, find out more by clicking HERE.

 

 

Order the new all-Scripture CD Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs (click here)

Subscribe to our mailing list (and get free Slugs & Bugs coloring pages!) (click here)

 

Slugs & Bugs in Alaska Video!

November 7, 2014

I recently came across this homespun youtube video from last year’s Slugs & Bugs concert in Kodiak, Alaska, where bears truly have no cares. The Kodiak Baptist Mission hosted Amy and me for 3 days, and Kelly and Stephen Foreman were wonderful hosts. The Baptist Mission is doing such important work in that difficult part of the country, and we were honored to come and share the light and love of Jesus with their community.

Their video does a great job capturing the fun we had in Kodiak, Alaska!

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Order the new all-Scripture CD Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs (click here)

Subscribe to our mailing list (and get free Slugs & Bugs coloring pages!) (click here)

 

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