Wednesday, July 9, 2003

Posted by on 7.9.03 in Biking, Chicago, Personal

11:53 PM Earlier this evening Marlene and I went to Cucina Paradiso, a very fine Italian restaurant at 814 North Blvd. in Oak Park. It’s a friendly, bright and airy restaurant, and although this was our first visit, I’m sure it won’t be the last. Recommended: the fried green tomatoes for an appetizer, the bread pudding (a massive …

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Monday, June 30, 2003

Posted by on 6.30.03 in Biking, Churches, Personal

1:27 PM Had lunch today with Roy Patterson and Bruce Everhart of WMBI. They came to Oak Park and we had a fine time walking down Lake Street and talking together about Frank Lloyd Wright and Ernest Hemingway and how Calvary has made the commitment not to relocate but to stay in the village where we have had a ministry presence for 88 years. 1:22 PM…

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Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Posted by on 6.25.03 in Biking

Only 4 more days till Groundbreaking Sunday! 5:16 PM Just finished a 44-mile bike ride along the I&M Canal from Joliet to Morris and back again. Yesterday I rode 36 miles along the surface streets from Joliet to Romeoville and back. Along the way, I passed the enormous Statesville Prison—an imposing structure. I praye…

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Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Posted by on 6.24.03 in Biking, Missions

Only 5 more days till Groundbreaking Sunday! VBS got off to a great start yesterday … It was good to see Rich and Carol Bonham, missionaries in Germany serving with Greater Europe Mission in church on Sunday. They are also helping out at VBS this week. The cover story for Time Magazine pictures a hand holding a glowi…

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Monday, June 23, 2003

Posted by on 6.23.03 in Biking, Books, Churches

Only 6 more days till Groundbreaking Sunday! I am writing this update from a motel in Joliet, Illinois, about 35 miles south of Chicago. This is Day 1 of a four-day writing retreat. I’m here working on a book project for Moody Publishers. To be more precise, they have asked me to turn the “Prayers of Paul” series into a small boo…

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Saturday, June 21, 2003

Posted by on 6.21.03 in Biking

Only 8 more days till Groundbreaking Sunday! Another beautiful day for bike riding. Went 36 miles in a new direction this AM. Chicago Ave west to 25th, past North Ave, over the bridge into Franklin Park, west on Grand into Elmhurst, north on York Road until I passed O’Hare Airport. Rode all the way to Elk Grove Village, ped…

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Saturday, June 14, 2003

Posted by on 6.14.03 in Biking

As Mr. Rogers liked to say, it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Mid-70s, blue sky, moderate humidity, not much wind. Basically a great day for golf (the U.S. Open is in town this week) or for bike riding. Two years ago I set a personal record by riding over 2300 miles. Last year my goal was 3000 and I rode a little over 3300 miles. In J…

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Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Posted by on 6.10.03 in Biking, Churches

Up early so I could ride my bike at 5:30 AM. Nice to ride when there aren’t many cars on the road. Only 19 more days until Groundbreaking Sunday (June 29). Our goal is 100% participation by the congregation. We’re asking each person who attends to do three things … 1) Bring an offering with you 2) Bring a picnic bask…

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Saturday, June 7, 2003

Posted by on 6.7.03 in Biking, Churches, Personal, Sports

Took a long bike ride today, starting about 6:30 AM. Went east on Lake Street from Oak Park into the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. Rode past the Rock Church and Circle Urban Ministries and thanked the Lord for the good work being done there. Followed the el tracks east past Cicero, Kostner, Pulaski, eventually got all the…

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