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Remembering MLK

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Over the years I’ve adopted certain traditions for my blog. For example, early in December you can count of some Advent-related blogging, and after my summer vacation I put up some of my best pictures. Last year I began a new tradition that I expect to keep, at least for the forseeable future. On the […]

Wit and Wisdom from Bill Swedberg

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

If you read my blog yesterday, you saw my tribute to my father-in-law, Bill Swedberg. He died a couple of weeks ago. On Saturday I officiated at his memorial service. A few years Bill died, his daughter Debbie gave him a journal to record key aspects of his life. It was called A Father’s Legacy: […]

A Tribute to My Father-in-Law, Bill Swedberg

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Last Saturday I officiated at the memorial service for my father-in-law, Bill Swedberg. He died a couple of weeks ago at the age of 84, a victim of Parkinson’s Syndrome. The service was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, where Bill’s wife is buried (and also my father and my maternal grandparents).
Bill […]

Happy Birthday to . . . Not Yet Jesus . . But Nathan!

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Yesterday was a watershed day in the Roberts family. My son, Nathan, turned sixteen! Yes, sixteen! Wow! It’s hard to believe.
On December 21, 1992, Nathan was born at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, California. That was one of the most amazing and wonderful days of my life, matched only by the day a couple […]

Birthday Tribute

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Today I’m celebrating the birthday of one of the finest people I know . . . my son, Nathan. I don’t always blog about my children’s birthdays, but Nathan is turning 15 today, and it seems right to honor him.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that Nathan is one of the finest people I know. […]

Sad News . . . Surprising News

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Many of my readers will have heard the sad news of Dan Fogelberg’s death on Sunday. He died after a three-and-a-half year battle with prostate cancer.
If you’re under 30, you may never have heard of Dan Fogelberg. And, I’m sad to say, you may associate his music only with Muzak tunes. Fogelberg was a folk […]

D. James Kennedy: Tribute and a Funny Story

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Pastor, televangelist, and author D. James Kennedy died last week. A man of amazing energy and vision, Kennedy planted Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1960. Today, it has about 10,000 members, and Coral Ridge Ministries, which broadcasts Kennedy’s sermons, reaches over three million people.
Though Kennedy and I would see many things […]

Heaven’s Gain, Our Loss

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Heaven recently gained one of the finest men I ever knew, Raymond Ortlund. No doubt about it, heaven’s gain is our loss.
Ray had a broad and blessed ministry as a pastor, preacher, teacher, writer, and discipler. He served as pastor in several churches, including the Lake Avenue Community Church in Pasadena, California, where is […]

Reflections on the Ministry of Jerry Falwell

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

I just heard the news that Jerry Falwell has died. My first reaction is one of shock. Though I never met him personally, Rev. Falwell has been a fixture in my world for almost my whole adult life, or so it seems. It’s strange to think of the world without him in it.
My second reaction […]

Our Loss . . . Heaven’s Gain

Monday, April 30th, 2007

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One of the great Christian leaders of our generation has died. Robert E. Webber went to be with the Lord last Friday, April 26, 2007, after a long struggle with cancer.
I won’t overview Webber’s life here. If you’re interested, check out this post on the Christianity Today website. During his long tenure […]