Prayer Circles in Cyber Space

Here is the best way I know to keep in touch with friends and family during a medical crisis. It is called Caring Bridge and the web site is

For several months now my friend Philip Wise has maintained a report page on this site; He writes about his medical condition and his treatment at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Every time he posts a new report—I suppose we could call it a blog but he writes only about once a week—the Caring Bridge site sends an email to everybody who has signed up on his contact list.

Feel free to visit the site and sign up yourself if for no other reason than to see how it operates. It would be nice, however, if you joined us in prayer for Philip. His weekly updates help me keep my congregation here in Lexington, Kentucky up-to-date on Philip’s situation. There is also a place, as you will see, to email a message back to Philip.

Philip is a minister from Alabama living in Lubbock, Texas. He was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer less than six months ago. He has been on the caring end of many sick people during his long career as a pastor but now this new web site, Caring Bridge, helps his many friends keep in touch with him. He says he has received thousands of cards, calls, and emails from people all over the country who have tracked his treatment through the web site.

I share this with you because you might need a communication tool like this in the near future; or I might, who knows?

NEWS: I want to report to all of you that the grand opening of my son Ike’s studio at Gallerie Solliel in downtown Lexington last night was a smashing success. It was a clear, warm evening and more than five hundred people came to his exhibition. It was part of the Gallery Hop. See for yourself:

Tomorrow is Sunday so I shall rest from my blogging but late in the evening or early Monday morning I will weigh in on what one writer called the “Palin Predicament” of Southern Evangelicals. It drew a sharp rebuttal from a defender of the ecclesiastical glass ceiling for women—see Should be interesting!


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