Wednesday, September 05, 2007
A Giant is no longer with us -- Dr. D. James Kennedy
After suffering a heart attack in December, 4 days after delivering his last sermon on Christmas eve 2006, and nine months of convalescence, Dr. D. James Kennedy died today.
A man who understood how to serve God both in the church and in the public square, Dr. Kennedy had a major impact on my life and the lives of thousands of others who came to know the Lord through his ministry, and the importance of civic responsibility as a stewardship.
He will be tremendously missed not only by his family and church family but by the thousands upon thousands of lives he touched in his decades of ministry.
A Giant is no longer with us -- but he is with the One he served so faithfully for so many years.
We were privileged to meet him several years ago, and it was an honor to have him as a guest on our show, my first year in radio. As a matter of fact we re-aired the show last month, honoring him, which you can listen to at the link below.
Christian NewsWire reports:
Public viewing and funeral services have been scheduled for Dr. D. James Kennedy, founder and senior pastor for 48 years of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church (CRPC) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Dr. Kennedy passed away peacefully in his sleep at approximately 2:15 a.m. at his home with his wife and daughter at his bedside, following complications from a cardiac event last December. He was 76.
Wed, Sept. 12 -- Noon to 9:00pm EDT: Dr. Kennedy will lie in repose in the Grand Narthex at CRPC, 5555 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale.
Thur, Sept. 13 -- 1pm: A public funeral service will be held in the sanctuary at CRPC. The service will be delay-broadcast in its entirety on TBN, time to-be- determined.
Fri, Sept. 14 -- A private, family-only interment will take place.
Dr. Kennedy, who is survived by Anne, his wife of 51 years; his daughter Jennifer; and her husband Charles "Chip" Cassidy, preached his last sermon from the pulpit of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church on Christmas Eve Sunday 2006. He suffered a cardiac arrest four days later on Dec. 28, and has since been unable to return to the pulpit.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the D. James Kennedy Foundation, Inc. 980 N. Federal Hwy, Suite 440, Boca Raton, FL 33432. For updates and details on the funeral services, please visit the legacy Web site, www.DJamesKennedy.org. Information and instructions will be provided for designated parking areas, as well as shuttle transportation between those locations and CRPC.
Hear the show (See 8/20/07)