Author, historian, University professor, gospel preacher, and our beloved brother in Christ, David Edwin Harrell, Jr. passed from this life to his eternal reward last Monday afternoon, March 15th.
Today there will be a short graveside service for brother Harrell at 2:00 p.m. at Mandarin Cemetery in Jacksonville. Saturday, there will be an online service that you can register to view by linking here.
Almost 20 years my senior, I have known Ed Harrell since my college years. Like anyone who knew him, I was impressed with his unique intellectual insights combined with genuine humility. Sometimes preachers with educational credentials take simple truths and complicate them. Ed possessed the ability to simplify the complex. Continue reading
(Monday I was privileged to speak in chapel at Florida College. Today’s blog post is an edited version of that talk.)
In 1959 Walt Disney began looking for land to build a second resort to complement his California park. And he wanted enough land to control the development around his next park.
It wasn’t until 1963 that Disney flew over the Orlando area and finally decided on this location. The process of acquiring the land and building the park took 9 years. Disney died in 1966 before The Magic Kingdom opened in 1971. Continue reading
Recently we were in a barbeque joint in Deerfield Beach that was filled with all kinds of interesting, funny and motivational signs. As we were reading the various quotes while waiting for our food to arrive, I noticed one that really spoke to me and snapped a picture of it.
“When you feel like quitting, remember why you started.”
That advice really resonates with me this week as Norma Jean and I are attending the Florida College lectures. Continue reading
This week Norma Jean and I are blessed to be on the campus of Florida College to attend their annual lecture series. It’s a special place for us.
FC is where we met. Dated. And were engaged to be married. I played basketball for FC on their first scholarship team. At FC I was privileged to meet and learn from some great men of God. Clinton Hamilton. Edgar Srygley. Homer Hailey. Bob Owen. Melvin Curry. Harry Payne Sr. And James R. Cope. Continue reading