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Chatter, March 2011

Chatter, March 2011

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Published by Irving Bible Church
The monthly magazine of Irving Bible Church.
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MARCH 2011
 William George Heirens is reputedly the world’s longest-serving, still-living prisoner,
incarcerated in 1946 after confessing to three brutal murders.Known as the Lipstick Killer, Heirens is currently incarcerated at the DixonCorrectional Center in Dixon, Illinois, but has since recanted his confession. Heis 82 years old.Before him, Paul Geidel was the longest-serving American prison inmate,released after over 64 years of incarceration for second-degree murder. He wasreleased May 7, 1980, at the age of 86.Richard Honeck runs a close second, imprisoned at 22 in 1899, and not releaseduntil the 20
of December, 1963, having spent 23,418 days in jail.Cumulatively, that’s 193 years behind bars.Most of us would agree that serving most of your life in prison is a terriblewaste. A terrible, if deserved, consequence to terrible actions. But the inmate’smost tortuous bars, next to the iron ones, are those of seconds and minutes— the cage of time. All the time in the world, no way to rewind it to undo pastdeeds, no way to fast-forward it to freedom; all that’s left is to pass it tic afterterrible toc.But even if you’re not doing time, you are probably time’s prisoner in some way.In college, my time passed in relation to the next holiday — two weeks ‘til SpringBreak! When pregnant, I marked time in weeks accomplished against my duedate. And this year, 2011, can be best understood by how many months past histhird birthday Drew has NOT been potty trained.Time never feels neutral. Doesn’t it always feel like you’re either waiting forsomething important or nostalgic for something long gone? Time is either high-strung nag or loud-mouthed mourner.
a letter from
online at chattermag.com.
at chatter@irvingbible.org.
is a publication of Irving Bible Church | 2435 Kinwest Pkwy, Irving, TX 75063(972) 560-4600 | irvingbible.org
Julie Rhodes
Art Direction, Design & Goodness
Josh Wiese, Dennis Cheatham, Lindsey Sobolik
Charles Stafford (
Walk in Her Shoes
)Evan Chavez, David Farris, Trey Hill (
Two Friends, One Mission
The Big Cheese
Bill Buchanan
David and Job did their fair share in time’s holding cell:David:
 How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?  How long must I wrestle with my thoughtsand day after day have sorrow in my heart?  How long will my enemy triumph over me? (Psalm 13: 1-2)
 How I long for the months gone by,for the days when God watched over me,when his lamp shone on my head and by his light I walked through darkness! (Job 29:2)
Even Jesus lamented in Mark 9:19, “You unbelieving generation, how long shallI stay with you? How long shall I put up with you?”The common human sentiment seems to be “How long?” or “How I long for thegood old days!”Albert Einstein once remarked that the only reason for time is so that every-thing doesn’t happen all at once. That’s great for happy things — weddings,friendships, queso — but bad for seasons of life that are tragic, or worse, te-diously boring or directionless. How long, O Lord? How I long for better days!The good news is that a day is coming when time won’t hold the keys. We will bewith Timeless God, who said of himself, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, who is,and who was, and who is to come” (Rev. 1:8). Once we’re with him, Right Nowwill be our dwelling, and my guess is there won’t be aluminum toilets, visitsfrom behind the plexiglass or unattering orange pajamas in the vast expanse of Right Now.The American short-story writer/poet/essayist Henry Van Dyke sums it upbest: “Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too longfor those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love,time is eternity.Waiting for wait-less-ness with you,
New TestamentCompleted in Kutch
On Sunday, February 20, a group of IBC-ers traveled to Kutch, India to celebratethe dedication of the newly translatedNew Testament in the Kutchi language.After 10 years of hard work by key dy-namic Kutchi leaders, the Scriptures arenow available to one of the 2,500 world-wide people groups that previously hadno Scripture in their native language.
 Walk In Her Shoes
On Sunday, January 30, 50 IBCmen put on pumps and stilettosand marched down MacArthurBlvd. to raise awareness of theuncomfortable reality of sex traf-cking in our community. After arally speech given by Katie Pedigo,Executive Director of New Friends,New Life (IBC partner committedto helping women leave the sexindustry), the men began marching,signs in-hand, anked by cheeringsupporters.

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