Ray Pritchard’s Blog – June 2004
More from the CBA convention in Atlanta … 1) Late yesterday afternoon I boarded the bus for the ride back to my hotel. As I found a seat, a woman came down the aisle handing out postcards. "I'm the author and the PR person," she said. Turns out she was telling the truth. Her name is Marsha Marks and she was adver...
My Trip to the Christian Booksellers Convention 5:07 PM A few impressions from my first day at the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) annual convention in Atlanta: The convention center is huge. Even though CBA draws 13,000 people, it fills up only part of the building. Publishers, bookstore owners, distributors, music...
11:38 PM In my sermon this AM, I made a crack about low-carb ice cream—"That's not right." Of course, I've never really had any. Dan Norton sent me this message: "Better dish you up a little…it tastes better than the real thing! I wouldn't have believed it myself, but it's true. And I have about 3 gallons...
7:49 AM Today's entry in the Crosswalk weblog is called Saturday Odds and Ends. 7:23 AM The folks at Christianity Today really like the new movie, The Notebook, based on the best-selling Nicholas Sparks novel. I note in passing that someone close to me is looking forward to going with several of her friends to see this movi...
1:22 PM Welcome to the Brave New World where pastors may someday be arrested for speaking out against homosexuality. Lest you think I am an alarmist, check out these three articles: Senate Passes Homosexual "Hate Crimes" Bill Hate Crimes Sneaks into Defense Appropriation Senate Hate Crimes a "Terrible Precedent" Not...
10:12 AM Just finished answering a batch of prisoner letters. This one caught my attention. It comes from a prisoner in Freehold, New Jersey:Dear Mr. Pritchard, My name is Lawrence, age 33. I'm a person that's been losing my whole life due to my drug addiction, in and out of all kinds of jail, lost my family, friends, hit r...
11:01 PM Marlene and I went to see "The Terminal" starring Tom Hanks at the Lake Theater. Nick had seen it earlier and urged us to go. Turned out to be well worth the time—it's a feel-good movie about friendship, family, keeping a promise and perseverance that is both funny and touching. Not a deep film, by any me...
11:23 PM Darin Weil, director of our Power Connection Junior High Ministry, shares this report: We said good bye to our class of 8th graders and welcomed the new 7th graders. We kicked off the program a couple weeks ago with a welcome breakfast during the Sunday AM service. Parents provided the food, students provided the a...
10:55 AM Today's entry in the Crosswalk weblog is called Dear Abby. 10:41 AM Yesterday I rode my bike into Chicago. From Oak Park I went south to 16th Street, then east all the way to Western, then north across the Eisenhower to Augusta, then through the west side of Chicago, across Austin and back into Oak Park. That's a g...
10:04 PM Josh leaves for China tomorrow morning so we've spent the day together as a family. When I got up, the family presented me with my Father's Day gifts. Nick went out early to buy me a special gift—three Moon Pies. He said he had to stop at several gas stations until he found them. Then we went to Bob Chinn's C...
The Civil War Tour-Day 5 Our group started the day in Richmond and ended it in Hagerstown, Maryland. I started in Richmond and ended the day back home in Oak Park. More about that later. 7:59 AM Everyone is one the bus except Phyllis Zelek. She arrives a few minutes late, explaining that she's been a bit "pokey" all her...
The Civil War Tour—Day 4 Yesterday we started before 8 AM and didn't finish until after 11 PM. It would take too long to summarize so I will simply present a collage of impressions. 8:03 AM Where's our guide? … Talking with Lloyd Johnson who served in the 8th Air Force in WWII. Flew 30 missions over Europe &hel...
7:06 AM The Civil War Tour—Day 3 I am writing these notes from my motel room in Camp Springs, Maryland, across the street from the main entrance to Edwards Air Force Base. Today were taking a Christian Heritage Tour of Washington, DC, tomorrow its on to Richmond, then Saturday we head back to Oak Park, God...
7;24 AM Civil War Tour—Day 2 First things first. Yesterday I commented that I doubted we would stay on schedule because we were off so badly on Monday. But Ive got to hand it to Cliff Raad who handles our our details. Tuesday went off like clockwork. Despite lots of stops, and quite a bit of travel, we were ahea...
6:06 AM Civil War Tour Day 1: I am writing these words from the Holiday Inn in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Yesterday turned out to be a lot longer than anyone expected. Our group of 35 left Oak Park at 7 AM on Monday and we didnt get to our rooms until a little after 1 AM–just five hours ago. We start our first fu...
5:10 PM Nick has been scrounging around trying to find a sleeping bag. I think we have one or two but at the moment, he can't find any of them. He needs one because he is leaving for a weeklong trip to Camp Victory in Zumbro Falls, MN. That's in southeastern Minnesota, 20 miles north of Rochester. He's going there with John...
2:15 PM Today's entry in the Crosswalk weblog is called Notes From the Funeral 2:12 PM The Faith and Freedom Concert starts in 4 hours, 48 minutes. 2:11 PM The following people are being baptized tomorrow:8:30 AM Millie Bensen 10:00 AM Amanda Byrne Anthony Trader Jacob Trader Evan Trader Scott Hall 11:30 AM Pam Bartlett Luk...
11:40 AM Oliver North pays tribute to Ronald Reagan. One of my most cherished possessions is a letter Ronald Reagan wrote that explains Harry Truman's adage which sat behind his desk: "It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." He quoted Thomas Merton, "We must be content to live wi...
10:06 PM This afternoon I stood behind Kevin McHale. I also walked by Patrick Ewing. I saw Larry Bird from a distance, and I was sitting down when B. J. Armstrong passed by. It happened at the NBA Pre-Draft Camp at Moody Bible Institute. Mark is working at the Solheim Center this summer, which means he is helping with secur...
9:53 PM Special thanks to Gene Heidt who is loaning me the Civil War videos for our tour next week. And thanks also to Greg Chadaranek for his offer of help. A week from tonight our tour group will be staying at Holiday Inn near Washington, D.C. 9:52 PM Today's entry on the Crosswalk weblog is called The Touch. 11:03 AM We ...
11:21 AM This is the best time of year for bike riding. As far as I'm concerned, the hotter, the better. Yesterday it was around 90 and I had a great time on my bike. 1404 miles YTD. 8:33 AM I need some help! Next week I'm leading a Civil War tour to the major battlefields of Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland. At this hou...
10:47 PM John Armstrong of Reformation and Revival Ministries in Carol Stream writes a weekly email newsletter that discusses current news and critical issues from a Christian perspective. Highly recommended. I look forward to reading it each week because John always helps me think more Christianly. It's free, and you can s...
5:56 AM Yesterday's Bowlathon raised $9000 for Oak Park Christian Academy. First time I had bowled in about 10 years—and it showed. My high score was 102—and my other one wasn't. Marlene and I both had a blast. More people showed up than they expected. Afterwards I went to the Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor and had ...
8:18 PM I spent several hours last night answering letters from prisoners who had read An Anchor for the Soul. This one came written on a postcard from a prisoner in New Jersey: Pastor Pritchard, My name is Kirk. I'm 43 years old and I'm now in jail. I've been abusing alcohol for over 30 years and it has cost me everything ...
10:15 AM We had supper tonight with Tom and Carol Klobucher as an Italian restaurant in the Oak Brook Mall called Antico Posto, which means "Old House." In years past I didn't enjoy Italian restaurants very much, but now that I'm growing up a bit, I've gotten into it. This is a fine restaurant—very intimate and au...
8:48 AM Thursday shout-out to Dave Ruths, Kathy Brownfield, the 20/20 worship team (I enjoyed listening to you warm up on Tuesday night), B. J. Ellis, Joanna Morris in Kentucky, Vince Cook, Lori and Deb Wolery, Lura Bodwell, Daniel Puczek, and my longtime friend Bob Cosby. 8:39 AM Calling all bowlers! Oak Park Christian Aca...
6:34 PM Check out the website for the Allied Force Worship Team. Very cool. Click on the names and up comes a picture and a personal bio. Among other things, I discovered that Katie Suriano's favorite candy is something called "Swedish Fish" and Robert Napolitano loves the song "Somewhere I Belong" by Linkin Park. L...
7:42 AM The Civil War tour begins a week from Monday. Thirty-eight people will join us for a tour of the major battlefields of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. Two weeks from today we'll visit Gettysburg. In a related story, the oldest Civil War widow died yesterday in Enterprise, Alabama. In 1927, when she was 21, she ...
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