ou might remember that I was complaining about interruptions on Monday. I was also grousing about meetings all week.
So Wednesday afternoon the phone rang, and it was a good friend of mine in Mexico City, Luis Contreras. He trains pastors and is himself a gifted preacher. Luis has been helping organize a leadership conference in Mexico City (tonight, starting about 6:00) and a family conference (this weekend) about three hours from Mexico City. But a glitch in scheduling has left him without his main speaker at the last minute.
Luis just learned of the problem Wednesday and phoned me right away to see if there was any possibility Darlene and I could get to Mexico City by Thursday noon. While he was asking, my reflex inclination was to tell him there was no way, because I was thinking of all the things I haven't got done this week. But Luis kept talking. The size of the problem was staggering. He desperately needed someone to speak eight times between tonight and Saturday evening.
I met Luis when he was a college student, and he has been a great friend to me for about a decade. He has done a simultaneous translation of my Shepherds' Conference messages for several years (and I think I'm a real pain to try to translate on the fly). So before telling him no, I looked at my calendar. Don Green is teaching in GraceLife this Sunday. Every appointment on my agenda between now and then can be postponed. So by the time Luis had stopped describing the size of the problem, I had to tell him yes.
That's why Darlene and I are flying to Mexico this morning. We'll be back Sunday afternoon. Luis says I'll have Internet access in Mexico, so I'll try to stay in touch. In the meantime, here are some interesting links to tide you over:
- Here's a blog that fascinated me.
- This will be good, I bet.
- This is . . . well, Kafkaesque. And Here's part 2.
- Ray and Kirk on intelligent design.
- Here's a shocker: A British newspaper reports that there is another side to the global warming scare.
- This one's for Frank Turk.
- This one's for Pecadillo.
- This one's for Daniel.