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Archive for November 6th, 2011

SLOW PEN

SLOW PEN

And yet though the pen has run across so many lines

 

One closes, knowing he did not fully profess,

 

All the thoughts that flowed faster than pen could flow

 

The pen a freight train – the mind, a midnight “express.”

                – eab, 11/1/06

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William Ashley “Billy” Sunday died this date, 11/6/1935 at Chicago.  Billy was orphaned during the uncivil war then became a professial ball player (1883 to 1891) playing major league baseball for Chicago, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.  He was converted to Christ (1886) at the Pacific Garden Mission, quit baseball and worked for the Chicago Y.M.C.A. He was ordained to the Presbyterian ministry (1903) and spent his last years as a fiery, conservative preacher, dramatic and unconventional.  He is said to have spoken to 100 million.  Billy was born 11/19/1862, Ames, Iowa.

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