I had been soooo looking forward to Passion 08! Carolyn and I were at the first Passion event ever in Austin in 1997. We took a few students then and every year there was a Passion event until we left collegiate ministry in 2003. Our experience 11 years ago was an indoctrination into a world of joy, deep theology and well, passion, that led us to a more significant level of ministry and Christian living.

This year’s event in Dallas was our first time back.

We rejoiced with the thousands of gathered students on Friday night in the Nokia Theater as Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, and Christy Nockels led worship. We listened and absorbed intently Louie Giglio’s message.

And then… at about 1:00 a.m. Saturday, I felt like I’d been hit in the back with a sledge hammer. I tossed and turned until 3:15 with Jeremy in one of the guys’ rooms (we went with a group from the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at UAM) before sitting up and deciding to wander to the front desk and see if there were any more rooms available. There was.

That private room at the Sleep Inn in Arlington was where I spent the next 30 hours. In bed. Coughing, sweating, sneezing, and well, you get the picture.

Fortunately, Carolyn was able to attend all day Saturday. She was able to hear two amazing messages from Francis Chan (if you haven’t subscribed to his podcast yet, do it!) and the conclusion of the “Ashley Saga” that Louie had begun on Friday night. In addition, Kristian Stanfill led worship some on Saturday.

We’re home now, and I’ve got a deep chest cough but am on the mend. Overall, it was an expensive bout of the flu. Sigh.

Maybe I can talk Carolyn into blogging about her experience…

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