Remember that show from the late ’70s and early ’80’s, “Diff’rent Strokes”? Actor Gary Coleman had the show’s signature line: whatcha talkin’ ’bout, Willis? I don’t remember much of it because I was really little when it was on, but I do remember it was funny.
When you have the last name “Willis”, people tend to throw that line at you a bunch. Such is the case with Dave Willis, a preacher in Newport News, VA. I’ve known Dave for about 12 years now. Dave planted a church in the ’90’s in VA Beach, Christ’s Church of the Peninsula (which has since merged with another church). It was the first church I had been to that would have been considered “cutting edge” by most churches, and it is where I was bitten by the church planting bug. So much thanks, Willis, for those early days in the weird Shriner’s Convention Hall (or whatever it was) with the human skulls backstage.
Dave’s a straight shooter, a no-nonsense, damn the torpedoes kind of guy. You may not agree with Dave, but you’ll certainly know where he stands… and that he still loves you. Dave is all about Jesus, and all about the truth of the gospel.
Dave recently gave my blog some love on his blog, so I want to return the favor. So go check out his blog, “Whatcha Talkin Bout Willis?”
And thanks for the props, Willis. I hear what you’re talkin’ ’bout.