Friday, December 12, 2003

I knew it!!!! I should have taken bets!!

Akin is committee's nominee as Southeastern's sixth president - (BP)
Dec 12, 2003
By Jerry Higgins

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP)--The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary's presidential search committee will recommend to the board of trustees the election of Daniel L. Akin as the seminary's sixth president.

The board will meet in special session on Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. at the school's Wake Forest, N.C., campus to vote on Akin.

"Dr. Akin is a man with great vision, keen insight and spiritual understanding," said Timothy D. Lewis, chairman of the search committee as well as the head of Southeastern's board of trustees. "His enthusiasm is contagious and genuine. We do not feel any other man in Southern Baptist life could better follow [former President] Dr. [Paige] Patterson than Dr. Daniel Akin."

Akin, 46, is currently the vice president for academic administration/dean of the school of theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He has connections to Southeastern, as he was professor of theology, dean of students and vice president for student services at Southeastern from 1992-96.

Akin holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Criswell College in Dallas.

Akin has pastored churches in Florida, Alabama and Virginia and has ministered in Australia, Thailand and to the Papago Indians. He was New Testament editor of The Holy Bible Baptist Study Edition by Thomas Nelson, and author of the volume on the Epistles of John for the New American Commentary series.

In 1996, Christianity Today named Akin as one of 50 emerging Christian leaders under the age of 40. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Southern Baptist Historical Society, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Evangelical Theological Society.

Some of his more recent works include "God on Sex: The Creator's Ideas About Love, Intimacy, and Marriage"; Songs of Songs (Holman Old Testament Commentary, Vol. 14); and 1,2,3 John (New American Commentary, Vol. 38 ).

Bart Neal, Southeastern's interim president, said Akin would be an excellent choice as president.

"I am profoundly happy to know that under the leadership of the Lord our presidential search committee is recommending Dr. Danny Akin to our full board of trustees as the next president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary," Neal said. "Dr. Akin's gifts and experience make him uniquely qualified to serve as our president. Not only is he an inspirational and visionary leader, he is an outstanding theologian, educator and preacher.

"Mrs. Neal and I had the privilege of serving with Dr. and Mrs. Akin when we came to Southeastern in 1993, prior to their going to Southern Seminary. It will be a joy for us to have the opportunity to serve with them again as our new president and first lady."

Akin and his wife, Charlotte, have been married for 25 years. They have four children: twins Daniel and Jonathan, 22; Paul, 20; and Timothy, 18.

Thursday, December 11, 2003

So finals are finally over, with but the next few weeks are still up in the air. Tomorrow night I have an MRI on my knee, and then the doctor will make his recommendation as to whether or not I have surgery (although it seems a given), and when, and how long it will take me to recover. I kinda want to get it over with. This knee gives out on me at least every other year, and I haven't been able to run or jump for 10 years. Once I have surgery I don't have to be careful on it anymore, and I can do whatever activities I want to. I went for a discount massage today, courtesy of an unnamed friend, and the massage therapist said that most of my muscles were rocks from the abuse I've been putting on them. My poor left leg has carried the burden of the right being injured, and my shoulders from not only my normal activities of lots of computer time and playing bass, but also from studying for finals and walking with my cane. She tsk'ed and tsk'ed at me. I still thought it was wonderful....

I am trying to get a membership to the YMCA and take up swimming. I could swim most of the way through recovery on my knee, and I love water anyway. They have adult stroke classes which I think I'll get involved in, since it's been a long time since I have practiced strokes, and then maybe I'll join the master's swim team. I have always been a good swimmer, and was a lifeguard once, but it's all rusty now.

The kittens are getting big, and we are looking for someone to take Isaiah. Nicole wasn't able to take him. We are about to get Zeke fixed, and are hoping that will calm him down some. Maggie is now surrogate mommy to both of them and follows them everywhere, playing chase with them and bathing them. In the mornings she gets me up now to let her out of my room so she can go play with them.

Our Christmas tree is up and beautiful, if I do say so myself. Mary Jo is planning to start moving her stuff in, so hopefully all our rearranging will help. We got her bed set up already in her and Elizabeth's room, although Her Royal Highness the Lady Blossom has decided it is her bed. Blossom seems alright when Mary Jo comes over, but that is different from having her live in the same room. Blossom does not like Maggie or the kittens at all, and just barely tolerates me, so we'll see how it goes.

My nice, soft futon calls. Oyasumi nasai...

Friday, December 05, 2003

Welcome to the world Coleman Blake!

Congratulations Shane and Jen!

Thursday, December 04, 2003

Goodyear blimp crashes; one minor injury
Thursday, December 4, 2003 Posted: 3:53 AM EST (0853 GMT)

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- A Goodyear blimp crashed Wednesday night while trying to land at its base airport south of Los Angeles, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman said.

The blimp pilot and a cameraman were the only occupants on the aircraft when it drifted into a nearby plant nursery and landed nose-first shortly before 10 p.m. (1 a.m. ET) in Carson, about 17 miles south of Los Angeles.

Video of the scene showed the blimp's nose firmly implanted into the ground, with a semi truck underneath. The rest of the aircraft was tilted at about a 45-degree angle into the air. The cabin of the blimp was not damaged, and most of the inflated part was largely intact.

The cameraman was transported to a nearby hospital complaining of minor knee pain, authorities said.

Goodyear has a fleet of three helium-filled blimps based in California, Florida and Ohio.