China Trip—Day 6

Posted by on 1.23.06 in Blogroll, Uncategorized

4:45 PM The Friday night meeting was rescheduled for tonight. Just found out it has been canceled again. Same as before. 4:28 PM So far we’ve seen two church buildings—a Three-Self Church and another that might have been a Catholic Church. 4:24 PM By the way, there is a thriving ex-pat group here called the Beijing I …

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China Trip—Day 5

Posted by on 1.22.06 in Blogroll, Uncategorized

5:30 PM Nick left this afternoon to return to the States. He’ll fly to Chicago, change planes, and fly on Birmingham. He and Mark and Dave have had a blast hanging out together. I don’t think this will be his last trip to China.12:56 PM I’ve already commented on the traffic. Just one more word. I thought d …

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China Trip—Day 4

Posted by on 1.20.06 in Blogroll, Uncategorized

3:15 PM Today we saw three different sides of contemporary Beijing. First we visited the mausoleum in Tiananmen Square where the body of Mao Zedong is preserved (thirty years after his death) for viewing behind a glass enclosure. The guards informed us that absolutely no pictures were allowed. Before entering the building, …

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China Trip—Day 3

Posted by on 1.19.06 in Blogroll, Uncategorized

4:29 PM CNN says the temp in Beijing is 32 and the skies are smoky. That’s a pretty good description of the air quality most of the time.4:17 PM Today we had lunch with a man who has a very broad view of China. When asked about the church in China, he said, “Everything you hear is true somewhere.” Remember that China …

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China Trip—Day 2

Posted by on 1.18.06 in Blogroll, Uncategorized

8:31 PM Some general comments . . . Beijing is the most polluted city I’ve ever visited. Much worse than Los Angeles where we lived for almost five years. Most days a heavy gray pall rests over the entire city . . . Marlene noted that the traffic seems worse this year . . . People wonder about the status of the Christ …

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Friday, February 6, 2004

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10:08 PM It was the most exciting girls basketball game I’ve ever attended. Deshler is small but talented, quick, and they play a physical, up-tempo game. Bradshaw took an early lead, held it for the whole game, but could never quite put Deshler away. With two minutes left, Deshler closed to within four points. But no close…

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Thursday, February 5, 2004

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6:30 PM The big storm we’ve been waiting for all day finally hit a few minutes ago. We’ve decided to leave for Alabama tonight. We’ll drive to Indianapolis, spend the night, and travel the rest of the way tomorrow. Here’s a story about my niece Megan and the rest of the Bradshaw Bruins. They are ranked #6 in the 5A classifi…

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Monday, February 2, 2004

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11:11 PM In case you didn’t know, we have an active discussion board that includes a lively section called “Ask Pastor Ray.” The board has been running for about six years, and tonight I actually answered a few questions—which will shock the people who read “Ask Pastor Ray” regularly because it’s been a while …

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Thursday, January 29, 2004

Posted by on 1.29.04 in Blogroll

4:29 PM Just received an e-mail from a woman who read He’s God and We’re Not. Her oldest son serves with the Fourth Infantry Division in Iraq. Here’s the story in her own words: My oldest son has been in Iraq since last April. He left April 1 of 03, to say that when he left was difficult is not a strong enough word. Then se…

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Monday, January 19, 2004

Posted by on 1.19.04 in Blogroll

11:43 AM Getting ready to leave for a two-day retreat with the Calvary pastors. We’re going to a home in McHenry for several days of prayer and Bible study, planning, talking, and dreaming together about what God wants to do at Calvary in 2004 and the years to come. These are eventful days in our congregation and our commun…

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