The Thanksgiving Game, Inc. Introduces Sermon in a Box at Southern Baptist Convention
Dynamic New Resource Available to Pastors, Church Leaders: www.thethanksgivinggame.com
Contact: Tim Lester, The Thanksgiving Game, Inc., 502-682-2788, [email protected], twitter.com/thanksgivingtim
LOUISVILLE, KY, June 23 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Thanksgiving Game, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of Sermon in a Box, a powerful new tool for ministers and lay leaders in the church. Not coincidentally, the announcement comes as the Southern Baptist Convention's 2009 annual meeting begins today in Louisville, Kentucky. The Thanksgiving Game, Inc.'s company headquarters is just down the road in Lexington, and the creator and developer both are active in Southern Baptist churches and have deep Baptist family roots dating back many generations. The idea for Sermon in a Box was born out of a message delivered last November by Dr. Robert Baker, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Lexington and graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Calvary Baptist is the home church of The Thanksgiving Game(tm) creator Louie Stotz, where he has attended since he was seven years old.
While Stotz was in New York City last fall on the weekend before Thanksgiving signing copies of his popular game that had just gone on the market, unbeknownst to Stotz, Dr. Baker pulled out a copy of The Thanksgiving Game(tm) from behind the pulpit during his Sunday morning sermon. He extolled the virtues of the game as he detailed the game's basic premise which involves players of all ages counting their blessings from God, naming them one by one, in a deliberate, fun way. After getting over his astonishment upon learning that it had been a focal point of Dr. Baker's message, and after watching a DVD of the service Stotz met with him to discuss making this resource available to pastors all around the country. When Baker offered for his sermon to be used in any way that would further the mission of The Thanksgiving Game(tm) -- to bring families closer together and closer to God as they play the game -- Stotz decided to approach some other pastors about the concept.
One of those was Dr. Billy Compton, former pastor of Severns Valley Baptist Church and current Executive Associate for Cooperative Program and Resources at the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Dr. Compton drew the same conclusion as Dr. Baker about the usefulness of this new tool to pastors and their congregations. The two are featured speakers on the DVD that is part of Sermon in a Box, which also comes with sermon transcripts. For a limited time the $11.99 price includes a free game.
Stotz's son-in-law, Tim Lester, who developed the retail product and is The Thanksgiving Game, Inc.'s Marketing Director summarized their goals, "Giving thanks to God transcends any and all denominational barriers. We encourage all Christians to live I Thess. 5:18 out loud, giving thanks in everything as is God's will in Christ Jesus." Visit www.thethanksgivinggame.com or follow twitter.com/thanksgivingtim for more.
Tim Lester [email protected] cell: (502) 682-2788 twitter.com/thanksgivingtim