In my pre-Memorial Drive days I was just beginning to receive invitations to speak at workshops and meetings. To a young man who felt he wouldn't even be invited to most of his kids' birthday parties, it was surely a charge! One can hardly imagine my thrill at being called to speak at the workshop in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. I was so pumped....for a bit.
Friends rode with my family and we stayed at a widow lady's house who was a member of that local congregation. David Powers (famous David Powers) was the main speaker in the auditorium while I was the main speaker in the church basement. I stepped up to preach and there they were.....everyone who rode up in the car with me and the lone widow lady.
Since that experience I have been sensitive to opposing speakers' lists. I got my Pepperdine Lectures booklet today. I noted a big mistake. Jeff Walling and Don McLaughlin speak opposite me every morning for three days in a row. I bet when Jeff and Don read the schedule they'll be heartsick to find they are on the same time as me. No telling just how many people I will draw from their crowds. I hate it, but that's the way the schedule crumbled.
I shared my concern with Dusty and he reminded me that a couple of years ago when at Pepperdine he and Rick Atchely must have had about a thousand attend between them. That's amazing. What a crowd. I just hope against hope that Jeff and Don don't carry hard feelings. I would imagine in my class alone there will be somewhere under 860 in attendance.
I just hope they won't be too hurt.