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In Memoriam: D. James Kennedy (1930-2007)

D. James KennedyD. James Kennedy, founding pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and founder of Coral Ridge Ministries–died peacefully in his sleep this morning.

Kennedy was the author of Evangelism Explosion, which was taught to me as part of our required Personal Evangelism class at Southern Seminary. His zeal for the lost was greatly apparent through this work. His zeal for believers was also revealed through his writings and sermons. His sermons at Coral Ridge can still be viewed on TV. I usually watch him before I leave for church each Sunday. He has helped me to get in a right mindset before going out to do the Lord’s work.

I cannot help but feel a bit of “holy jealousy” for our departed brother. He is absent in body, but is now present with the Lord. Oh, to be where he is! To see what he sees! To feel what he feels! For he is nowhere else but at the feet of Jesus, seeing the glory of the Lord, overwhelmed with gratitude, love, and praise for the King.

But then again, Pastor Tim always says not to be jealous, but to declare others “blessed.” And I sure can do that happily and joyfully. D. James Kennedy has finally received the greatest blessing of all, the Lord’s declaration: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

HT: Justin Taylor.

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  1. Elizabeth Schmitz
    September 5, 2007 at 7:40 pm

    from Schmitz Blitz: schmitzblitz.wordpress.com

    Kennedy marks the second death of a major figure in the religious right this year (after the May death of Jerry Falwell)–I wonder if this is making his followers and other fundamentalist Christians take a long hard look at the state of their faith, seeing as they generally consider earthly tragedies and misfortunes to be punishments from God (recall Robertson’s remarks on Ariel Sharon’s stroke, and the countless comments made by others with regard to Katrina).

  2. September 5, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    Thanks for the drive-by comment. Next time I hope you would actually be able to distinguish between someone like Kennedy and people like Robertson. Thanks for showing your ignorance.

  3. Donald
    September 15, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    Thank you Stephen for setting her straight as that’s my sentiments exactly. Her ignorance shows as well as those with her mentality.

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