Memorable Conversations: Purpose and Overview

As I move into my eighty-first year, I’ve been doing quite a bit of reflection about my life, and I’m enjoying the process very much. Memories can be the treasure or the curse of old age and thank God; mine are bringing me much joy. After fifty-five years of ministry in seventy-plus countries, the memories even bring a sense of awe. I’ve been privileged to attend many...

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Conversations with Myself

As I reflected on my most memorable conversations, one came to mind that I had not thought about for many years. It was a conversation that I had with myself. A little personal history will set the stage for why this internal conversation was so crucial for my life. After moving to Grass Valley, I started several weekly Bible reading/discussion groups with the leaders of our community. It...

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Conversation about America’s Current and Future Challenges

A close friend invited me and a small group of men to have dinner with an acquaintance of his from Washington DC. This man educates and grooms America’s diplomats and is known as a foreign policy expert and a specialist in international relations. We met in a private room at the most exclusive men’s club in San Francisco. The attendees were a group of ten presidents and...

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Conversation on the Subway

I’ve calculated that in thirty-plus years, I drove to San Francisco at least 850 times. I was in the financial district every other week for three days, meeting with individuals and a number of groups. I stayed with close friends in the suburbs, and it amazes me even now to think that I only rode the subway into the city one time during all those years. That one subway ride produced the...

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Conversation with a Banker

The president of a large bank in San Francisco called me and said he was encouraged to meet me by a mutual friend. The name he mentioned was a very close friend, so I was eager to know this gentleman. After a few minutes of small talk, we discovered that we had several other friends in common. One was on his board and was his weekly golfing buddy. Seeming to have an instant rapport, we began...

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Conversation with a friend who doesn’t believe in God

While meeting with a senior business executive in San Francisco, I got into a discussion with him about the current political atmosphere in our nation. He was especially concerned about the progressive vs. conservative differences but went on to include other categories. Eventually, the discussion turned to the general topic of freedom and democracy, and our views were pretty much in sync. So...

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