I had hoped to post something of substance before I head to Florida this week, but I’m not optimistic about getting to it. I’ve got a full schedule, about 45 papers to grade, some errands to run and fewer than 20 hours before my flight leaves. So here’s just a few random notes…
I’ll be in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center for the FLorida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools Convention. I’ve been there 22 of the last 23 years as a delegate, the President of FACCS or a speaker. I’ll be speaking three times and introducing the current President, Dr. Dino Pedrone, as he gives a keynote address. If you happen to be at the convention or in the area, let me know and we’ll try to link up.
We had a great day Sunday. Attendance was up, we had a large number of guests, 88 of us went to lunch at Logan’s Restaurant (where the service ended up being only marginally better than it was at Max and Erma’s, so we’re going to try a third restaurant this week), we had a very good offering, Sunday night attendance was very strong and there’s a good spirit all over the campus.
This coming Sunday night, there will be an information meeting at Northside Baptist Church to discuss the motion to give final approval for the massive church parking lot repaving and road expansion project. I’ll be giving all the details after the evening services at 7:15 in the main auditorium and I’ll post them again on this blog for Northsiders next week. These are exciting days for our church and you won’t believe the change this project will make in the look of our campus.
As details come out about the sad killings in the Amish school house in Pennsylvania this week, it seems like there is no safe place for innocence or innocents any more. I grew up right outside of an Old Order Amish Settlement (these folks were even more conservative than the PA sect) and they are decent, hard-working (albeit, peculiar) folks. They have the same kind of problems in their homes and community and churches that we do — maybe worse. We often look at them with a sense of detachment due to their odd beliefs, but they deserve our prayers and compassion.
Speaking of the loss of innocence, my revulsion over Mark Foley and his vile, predatory, criminal conduct just expands with each new wave of information. I’m outlining an article I’m planning on completing for my syndicated column which I’ll post here as well. The GOP is a mess these days. (For the record, if Foley had been a Democrat, he could have been schooled on how to survive this scandal by Barney “the Pimp” Frank who allowed a homosexual escort service to be run out of his house by his gay lover — so spare me the hand-wringing by Pelosi and pals. Frank is a chief spokesman for the Dems these days and should be named the Patron Saint of Hypocrisy so as to represent their parties handling of past moral scandals in comparison to this one.) It’s just sickening and in my opinion, this would be a good year to clean out the entire Congress from top to bottom. And for those who are trying to rally the Christian Conservatives to protect the Republican majority, I say, “There are worse things than having a Democratic majority in Congress for a couple of years. One of them is becoming comfortable within a political party that has lost it’s moral will and direction in the swirl of desperation and arrogance that comes with wanting to stay in power at all costs.”
Finally, my good friend, Dr. Charles Wood will be speaking at Northside tomorrow night at our WOW (Worship on Wednesday) service at 6:30. If you are in the area, you should come hear him. And now, I’m off to have dinner with him. I’ll write more from Orlando if I get the chance.