In going back through this blog and reading old posts, I came across the one I wrote on the day Dr. D. James Kennedy died. Given the way recent circumstances have unfolded, I thought it was really fascinating to read what I wrote on September 5, 2007:

I was sad to find out just a few minutes ago that Dr. D. James Kennedy, founding pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church right here in Ft. Lauderdale, passed away peacefully in his sleep this morning. It was only 10 days ago that he officially retired from his post as pastor at the age of 76. Last December he had a cardiac arrest and has been experiencing complications ever since. Today those complications ended. 

Growing up in South Florida, we knew the Kennedy’s for many years and I can say with absolute certainty that because of his evangelistic ministry there are more Christians in this area now than there were 25 years ago. He was an amazing man. When I moved down here to start New City he met with me on a few occasions to encourage me and to tell me how happy he was that I had “come home” to preach. I liked having him around. Knowing that I could go to him with questions and counsel was a comfort to me. I’m going to miss him. I’ll see you on the other side Jim.