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Mark Comes Home

June 29, 2006

It took Mark a little over three days to make it home from China so by the time he arrived at the Birmingham Airport a few minutes before 9 AM, he was pretty tired. He had flown with his team from Beijing to Los Angeles where he and the others who are returning to China for a second year spent a day doing their initial orie ...

Saint Dudley

June 28, 2006

It is late in the evening as I type these words. I stepped outside a moment ago and heard a symphony of nighttime sounds in the forest. Crickets galore, and frogs, and various creatures moving around in the woods. Inside the cabin the dehumidifier drones on, erasing all the sounds of nature. Upstairs Marlene is in bed readi ...

Speaking of the Waffle House

June 28, 2006

Peter Faulkner tells me that the Waffle House has the best chili anywhere. I don’t doubt it, but we’re eating breakfast with Mark, not lunch. By the way, did you know that since 1955, the Waffle House restaurants have served . . ..495,264,367 Waffles 957,041,599 Cups of Coffee 11,527,602,959.24 Eggs 22,217,4 ...

Waffle House

June 27, 2006

I am writing these words about 2 PM on Tuesday afternoon. That means it is 3 AM Wednesday in Beijing, China, which means that Mark is in the air, on the first leg of his long trip home. He and his teammates fly to Los Angeles where they will say goodbye after spending a year teaching English in China. At some point tomorrow ...

Quick Notes

June 26, 2006

Mark comes home from China in three days. What a happy day that will be.A few days ago I wrote an entry called Between Trapezes. Today I received an email from Gail Blanke who has a website and a book called Between Trapezes. She sums up her message up this way: The mission of my book is to enable people to know that the “i ...

MEF Conference Messages

June 25, 2006

Here are the four messages I preached at the MEF Bible Conference in Colorado Springs last week:Monday seminar: Praying For Your Prodigal Tuesday night: God’s Freedom Thursday night: If I Believe, Why Do I Doubt? Friday morning: How to Help a CavemanOn Thursday afternoon Marlene and I led a seminar on forgiveness. You ...

Code Two for Dudley Pritchard

June 24, 2006

We made it back home to Mississippi about 10:30 AM. A short night but a good flight and as we were driving back from the airport, I was savoring the blessings of the week just past. That’s unusual for me. Often when a conference is finished, I put it behind me and go on to the next thing on the calendar. But this week ...


June 23, 2006

I just glanced at my clock and saw that it is 12:38 AM on Saturday morning. But this counts as my Friday entry because I haven’t gone to bed yet. At the moment Marlene is sound asleep. After the final service tonight, we got back to our room about 11:30 PM. We have to leave at 2 AM to drive our rental car to the Denve ...

Thursday Night at the MEF Conference

June 22, 2006

Tonight’s service at the MEF conference had a little bit of everything. Mac Brunson, the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida, preached on “What do you when you sin?” from Psalm 51. He spoke with great passion about the importance of confession of sin in order to be right with God. As I listened ...

Between Trapezes

June 21, 2006

What happens to a church after a pastor leaves? The answer varies, depending on the church and the pastor and the circumstances. Several months ago I was contacted by a writer for the Oak Park (IL) Wednesday Journal, asking if I would take part in an article about the transition following my departure from Calvary Memorial ...

That’ll Do

June 20, 2006

Recently I’ve written quite a bit on this weblog about the loss of congregational singing in our churches. I am happy to report that singing is alive and well at the MEF conference this week. I don’t know how Jamall Badry, the Executive Director of MEF, does it, but each year he arranges for a stellar line-up of ...

Gracia Burnham

June 19, 2006

On Man 27, 2001 Martin and Gracia Burnham were celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary at a resort in the Philippines. They came to the island for a few days of R&R during a break in their schedule as missionaries with New Tribes Mission. Martin was a jungle pilot who delivered mail to other missionaries in remote lo ...

Lost Luggage

June 18, 2006

I am writing this note from our motel room in Colorado Springs. Outside I can see Pikes Peak just a few miles away. Marlene and I are here for the MEF Bible Conference that starts tomorrow morning. So far our trip has been an unexpected adventure. When we left the cabin in Mississippi yesterday, we thought it would take us ...

KBM Anchor for China Project

June 17, 2006

At the recent Keep Believing Ministries (KBM) board retreat, we unanimously approved making China our first major project. Despite decades of Communist oppression, the church in China has not only survived—it has thrived. Here are three articles that explain the amazing growth of the church in the world’s most populo ...

Seeking Help for the KBM Logo

June 16, 2006

At the KBM board retreat two weeks ago, we discussed the need for a logo that could be used on our website and on all of our printed material. Here is a quote taken verbatim from the minutes of the retreat: KBM LOGO: By general consensus, it was determined that Ray would issue a general appeal via the “blog” as ...

Onward Christian Soldiers—in China!

June 15, 2006

Anthony Bollback has just posted the June edition of China Clippings. It is full of good news about the progress of the Christian movement. He quotes extensively from a recent Newsweek International Edition story by Susan Schafer called Onward Christian Soldiers. The subtitle reads, “Chinese missionaries are winning souls a ...

Singing Through the Lord’s Prayer, Part 2

June 14, 2006

Give Us Today Our Daily Bread Be Thou My Vision Breathe Children of the Heavenly Father Come, Ye Thankful People, Come For the Beauty of the Earth Forever Give Thanks God is Good All the Time God is So Good Good to Me He is Able God Will Make a Way Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah His Eye is on the Sparrow It is No Secret Let ...

Reunion on the Natchez Trace

June 13, 2006

This morning I left the cabin about 6:30 AM and drove thirteen miles north on the Natchez Trace, parking my car at a scenic location called Browns Bottom. That’s a change for me because a) I usually ride my bike in the late afternoon, and b) I generally start at the Saltillo exit and ride north. But I had some extra t ...

Singing Through the Lord’s Prayer, Part 1

June 12, 2006

A few years ago I wrote a book on the Lord’s Prayer called And When You Pray. Shortly after I turned in the manuscript but before the book was published, I spent a week speaking at Word of Life in Schroon Lake, New York. I spent several afternoons walking the streets of that quaint village, praying the Lord’s Pr ...

Marlene’s Scalloped Vidalia Onions

June 11, 2006

Last weekend Peter and Judy Faulkner brought a big bag of sweet Vidalia onions from Georgia to the KBM board retreat. After passing out a few of the onions, they left the rest of the bag with us. A few days later Marlene made a delectable dish that was such a culinary triumph that I thought I should share it with the world. ...

Has God Lost the Battle?

June 11, 2006

The latest sermon in the “Understanding God’s Plan” series has just been posted:Has God Lost the Battle?This sermon is longer than usual, but I wanted to tell my own story at the end of the sermon for some personal reasons that you will understand when you read it. I hope you find this sermon encouraging. It certainly ...

A Brief Story for Those Who Would Rather Not Take Any Chances

June 10, 2006

A friend gave me a good piece of wisdom about the importance of making decisions. He said we sometimes put things off because the stakes are high and we fear making a mistake. But the longer we put off a decision, the bigger it looms in our mind until finally it becomes so big that we are scared to do anything. Our desire n ...

A Chinese Dissident’s Faith

June 9, 2006

Jim Hoagland, a writer for the Washington Post, recently interviewed Yu Jie, a Chinese writer who says that Christianity will play a decisive role in bringing democracy to China. Along with several house church leaders, Yu Lie met with President Bush at the White House in early May. Here is the heart of Jim Hoagland’s ...

She Prayed for Fifty Years

June 8, 2006

I met a woman recently who told me that she prayed for fifty years for her brother to be saved. For most of that time, he showed little interest in spiritual things. But through an amazing series of events, he saw his need of Christ and embraced him as his Savior. For the last six years, he grew in his love for the Lord and ...

“You Must Not Fear Them”

June 7, 2006

I taught three sessions at the GPA today. In the first hour, we covered the importance of the Apostles’ Creed and the fact that Christianity is a doctrinal faith. G. A. Studdert Kennedy put the matter in perspective: All men act upon their real creed. It may not be the creed that they profess, because they may be liar ...

The Night Before the GPA

June 6, 2006

I am writing this note from one of the guest rooms at Dallas Theological Seminary. Just before we landed at DFW Airport, the pilot announced that the temperature was 96 degrees. I think he understated it because it felt like a blast furnace when I stepped outside. I had forgotten how hot Texas gets in the summer, and I know ...

Peter’s Pictures

June 5, 2006

Here are a few more pictures Peter Faulkner took as he drifted in a canoe on the lake:Mist on the LakeA Closer View of the CabinA View from the Porch at the Conference CenterA Peaceful Monday Morning

Pictures from the KBM Board Retreat

June 4, 2006

Here are a few pictures Peter Faulkner took of the KBM board retreat at the cabin in the woods north of Tupelo, Mississippi:Seated (L-R): Ray Pritchard, Phyllis Raad, Judy Faulkner; Standing (L-R) Dave Hoy, Marlene Pritchard, MaryAnn Spiegel, Cliff Raad, Peter FaulknerFive board members plus DudleyNot everyone is singingA ...

Learning How to Fly

June 3, 2006

The entire Keep Believing Ministries (KBM) board, more or less, has assembled in Tupelo for our first-ever board retreat. MaryAnn Spiegel and Dave Hoy arrived at the Tupelo airport mid-afternoon yesterday. Cliff and Phyllis Raad drove 625 miles from Chicago to get here. Because we live out in the country, I sent Cliff an em ...

God is a Better Parent Than We Are

June 2, 2006

A few years ago, when we needed some encouragement, the Lord put this thought into my wife’s heart: “God is a better parent than we are.” No matter how much we love our children, he loves them even more. No matter how much we want the best for them, he wants it even more than we do, and he truly knows what it is best. ...

How Shall They Hear?

June 2, 2006

We have just posted the latest sermon in the “Understanding God’s Plan” series: How Shall They Hear? (Romans 10:14-21)

KBM PO Box Now Working

June 1, 2006

Last month I announced the formation of Keep Believing Ministries. In that entry I mentioned that we had just opened a PO Box and a bank account and could now take donations. That simple announcement has turned into a bit of an unexpected adventure . . .Two weeks ago we opened our bank account and PO Box in Elmhurst, IL. I ...

Rummaging Through the Internet

June 1, 2006

Useful things I’ve found while rummaging through the Internet . . .Bill Hull points out four ways we do the right thing in the wrong way.Mark Dever explains the relationship between biblical authority and the complementarian view of gender roles. Big Orange Truck has a lot on his mind these days. He has some excellent ...

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