Just wanted to post a little note to let people know I'm still here. It's been a crazy busy time! The girls are in school and seem to be doing well. Amelia started five-day preschool this year. It only goes from 9:30am until 12:30pm, but she's still in the process of adjusting.
Jill is busy writing. It's either curriculum for 252Basics or the small group study guide for Hearts and Minds. I can't remember which it is this week! She's also doing some volunteer work for the preschool ministry at The Bridge.
Speaking of The Bridge...we are officially in our new building now. In fact, this Sunday will be our grand opening. We're expecting a big turnout, so -- if you're in the Atlanta area -- we'd love to see you there this weekend. You should probably get there early, though. Service times are 9:15am and 11:00am. I'll be speaking at both services.
I'm still working through my travel schedule for the upcoming year. If you're interested in having me come visit your church, leave me a comment or fill out this request form.
My father-in-law's health has improved some over the past couple of months. I think it did him good to have Jill and the girls out there for five weeks. It created a huge strain on our family (logistically and financially), but it gave Jill the opportunity to show her father the love of a God he's not even certain exists. Please continue to pray for a softening of his heart.
My very good friend Hal Runkel is going to be on The Today Show tomorrow morning at 9:05am. His book ScreamFree Parenting is in stores now, and we're excited to see him on the tv. I'm going to call his cellphone during his interview to see if he remembered to turn it off. If you're looking for a great book on parenting (besides mine of course), I recommend Hal's. It's fantastic!
Another good friend of mine has a big weekend coming up. Jerry Dingmore has been working for months now, preparing to launch a new church in Macon, GA. Pray for Jerry and his crew at Piedmont Church to have a great Sunday. I'll be speaking down there a few times in the coming months.
Some of you have asked about the television show I taped recently. It was for The Coral Ridge Hour (the television ministry of D. James Kennedy). Some of you are by now aware that Dr. Kennedy passed from this world this morning around 2:15am. He had a major heart attack last New Year's Eve and had never fully recovered. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Kennedy's family and church. Needless to say, they are scrambling to figure out how this will impact their upcoming broadcast schedule. I'll keep you posted as I find out more details.
My friend Ken Boa is in India right now. He'll be teaching at the Hindustan Bible Institute for several hours each day there and will come back with terribly funny stories! Unfortunately, his absence makes my writing load a little heavier as we attempt to finish this manuscript for our upcoming book. I am concerned that I may not be able to finish on time, but so many other things seem to have conspired against my writing this time. I am grateful for all those who have offered encouragement to me in the process.
All these things and more have kept me from communicating with you as often as I would like. The rhythm of life has changed somewhat, and it is taking me a while to find the beat again. (I am listening to Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers as I type this, and Horace Silver's gospel-influenced piano solos always help me with that!)
I suppose my "little note" turned into a longer post than I initially thought it would.
Suffice to say: Things are going. My children are healthy. My wife is lovely. My house is stately. My clothes fit. I don't have much money in the bank right now, but I've got some intangibles that money can't buy.