Thursday, August 21, 2003

Posted by on 8.21.03 in Personal

6:36 PM Here’s the Legacy Campaign prayer request for today: “Praise God for being the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3).” This Sunday I’ll be speaking the “Billy Sunday” text—2 Timothy 4:6-8. The title of the sermon is “Finishing Well.” Proclaim will be singing in the con…

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Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Posted by on 8.20.03 in Personal

6:28 AM One thing for certain: It’s hot in Mississippi in August. I mean, it’s real hot in Mississippi. Hot and humid and muggy. Even though I was born and raised in this part of this country, you forget how hot the summers can be. Tupelo is the birthplace of Elvis Presley. You see his picture many places. The current sheri…

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Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Posted by on 8.19.03 in Personal

5:57 PM Arrived in Tupelo a few minutes ago. A quick trip. We stopped at the Lifeway Christian Store in Tupelo and met the manager. They’ve been featuring “He’s God and We’re Not.” Right now we’re at Alan’s camp off the Natchez Trace a few miles north of Tupelo—way out in the woods. Right now Alan is waxing eloque…

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Monday, August 18, 2003

Posted by on 8.18.03 in Homosexuality, Personal

5:55 PM My mind is jumbled right now—as it has been for the last few days, but more so now because in twelve hours we leave to take Nick to enroll at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Tomorrow night we’ll be in Tupelo, Mississippi (staying with my brother Alan), then on to Birmingham for two days of orientati…

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Friday, August 15, 2003

Posted by on 8.15.03 in Churches, Homosexuality, Personal

3:01 PM Just now the staff surprised me with a small party in the Dining Room in honor of my 14th anniversary. We had chocolate silk pie and told a few stories. Bob Boerman said he knew he was going to like me when, at an early pastoral staff meeting, I stuck a pencil in my ear—the eraser end—and said, “I just wanted to see what w…

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Thursday, August 14, 2003

Posted by on 8.14.03 in Churches, Personal

6:00 PM News and notes … Just back from a 24.5 mile bike ride along the Prairie Path through Maywood, Bellwood, Hillside, through Elmhurst, Villa Park, and into Lombard. Pretty hot and humid—great biking weather… Came back and found that Nick and Mark had gone golfing at Columbus Park… . On Tuesday we leave to take Nick …

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Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Posted by on 8.13.03 in Civil War, Homosexuality, Personal

10:36 PM Nick and John Mark Edwards and Caleb Fields arrived back in Oak Park several hours ago from their “senior trip” to visit my brother Alan who lives in Tupelo, Mississippi. They stopped in Tupelo to pick him up, and then they headed down to Destin, Florida, for a few days of fun in the sun. Nick said they played …

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Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Posted by on 8.12.03 in An Anchor for the Soul, Churches, Personal

7:49 PM Happy to report that 54,000 copies of An Anchor for the Soul were delivered to Oak Park last week and are now safely in storage. Just today we received a note from a retired Chicago firefighter who writes: I send a quarterly mailing to 85 retired Chicago firemen, mostly non-believers. I sometimes include a book in w…

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Sunday, August 3, 2003

Posted by on 8.3.03 in Personal, Travel

9:58 PM End of a very good first day at Gull Lake. Tonight I started my forgiveness series and the people were very attentive. Greg Sanford is here this week representing New Tribes Mission. He spoke with great passion tonight about the need to “finish the unfinished work” of reaching the world for Christ. After the ser…

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Friday, August 1, 2003

Posted by on 8.1.03 in Books, Churches, Homosexuality, Personal

3:08 PM Just received copies of my newest book from Broadman & Holman Publishers. He’s God and You’re Not: The Seven Laws of the Spiritual Life has just been released, which means you can order it but it’s probably not in the bookstores just yet. This is the most important book I’ve written, or at least it’s the one that ma…

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