So many friends have asked for the text of my speech at the National Prayer Breakfast that Thomas Nelson decided to publish it — along with photos, my copious annotations of the speech itself (who is Ruth Buzzi?), and a 10,000-word essay in which I tell the full (and wacky) behind-the-scenes story of how I was invited, how I came to write the speech, and what it felt like to be there with the President and First Lady and Vice-President (and how my Nancy Pelosi joke backfired). It’s all here and I hope the amazing price is a sufficient enticement to you! Please click here to get this for your B&N Nook! And please click here to order your copy from Amazon.com for your Kindle! It’s also now available at this link on iTunes!!!
This Wednesday the incomparable Joseph Loconte will once again be our special guest at Socrates in the City! His tremendous NEW book (The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt) has just been published. It is simply spectacular and I couldn’t be more excited for him. After a brief talk, I will interview him mano a mano, followed by a Q&A with the audience. Anyone registering for this event will receive a free copy of the book (while supplies last), which Joe will be happy to sign and personalize at the end of the evening! How do they do it?? To register, please visitwww.socratesinthecity.com!
I have just learned that my friend and hero, Chuck Colson, has died. He was surrounded by his family as he went home to be with Jesus at 3:12 p.m. this afternoon. For the World magazine obituary, click here. And for a link to the speech he was giving just three weeks ago yesterday click here. It was his last public appearance. It was during this speech that Chuck fell ill and was soon thereafter taken to the hospital. Rest in peace, dear friend.
Click here for my interview on Minnesota Public Radio!
My time in the Twin Cities was simply extraordinary. 2,000 people came out to hear me last night at the Faith & Life series run by my new friend, Pastor Tim Westermeyer in Plymouth. Bonhoeffer’s life is touching so many. One woman (helmet in hand) told me she rode her motorcycle nine (sic) hours from Winnipeg to hear about him! Soli Deo Gloria!
This past weekend I had the privilege of emceeing my friend Chuck Colson’s annual Wilberforce Weekend in Lansdowne, Virginia. After I introduced him last Friday, Chuck spoke, but within a few minutes he became seriously ill. An ambulance took him to a nearby hospital and on Saturday morning, doctors operated to remove a pool of clotted blood on the surface of his brain. The doctors are now “cautiously optimistic,” but Chuck is in critical condition and he desperately needs our prayers.
As Chuck recuperates, I have the honor of guest-hosting Breakpoint, the daily cultural commentary that Chuck has been doing for nearly two decades. Chuck has been a hero and mentor to me for many years. I love and respect him more than I can say, and I ask your prayers that I might do Breakpoint justice until he returns to the mike. May it be as soon as possible.
For a Christianity Today update on this story, click here. To visit the Colson Center website and for updates on Chuck’s condition, click here. To visit Breakpoint, click here. And for a superb column (”A Nixonite Redeemed: Colson’s Rise and Fall”) written by my friend, National Review editor Rich Lowry, click here.
At the New Canaan Society retreat a week ago I chatted with NYC Redeemer pastor Tim Keller for an hour in front of 500 close friends. We talked about his life, about Adam and Eve and evolution, and about Hell. He’s quite the cut-up!
Last night at an NYU Veritas Forum I had the privilege of interviewing Ruby Bridges, who as a six-year-old first-grader was chosen to integrate the public schools of New Orleans. Her mother told her to pray for the people who were jeering and taunting her every morning, which she did. (Click here for NYU News article.)
At one point some people brought a small coffin with a black doll inside to these daily protests, which eventually gave Ruby nightmares. Her parents assented to her meeting with the Harvard psychiatrist Robert Coles, who helped her and who continued to meet with her for three years and who wrote about it in Finding God at Harvard. The iconic Norman Rockwell painting that depicts Ruby being escorted to school by Federal Marshalls today hangs in the White House, just outside the Oval Office.
My talk begins 35 mins in and ends with me leading the 3,500 assembled in singing “Amazing Grace”. No kidding.
Guess who snapped this photo below? None other than VP Joseph P. Biden, who of his own accord very graciously offered to take it for me! Amazing. I wonder how many photos there are of U.S. President’s taken by U. S. Vice Presidents?