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We’re Back! And Welcome New Readers

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For some weeks now we have not been active on the website, due to the unexpected and sudden passing of Todd Hahn, who managed our website.

Now we are ready to start posting again – with a new manager for our website: Chad Wallace. Chad manages digital communications and is an adjunct professor at Belhaven University, in Jackson, Mississippi, and was highly recommended to me by Roger Parrott, president of Belhaven, a member of our LFM board, and a long time friend.

Chad has long experience and talent in this area. Most importantly, he is committed to the Lord, and wants to be part of our LFM vision – to help leaders to lead to, like, and for Jesus!

As we start posting again be watching for My Journal Jottings – as from time to time I will share thoughts, insights, quotes, readings that speak to me day by day. And make suggestions for your own readings.

We will also restart a video series of Odd Places and Peculiar People (peculiar because memorable not weird!). These will feature unusual places of settings where I’ve spoken and ministered, and people who have left a lasting impression. And often lessons I have learned which may be helpful.

And we will also feature other articles, musings, writings from various sources, including those involved in leading our Mentoring Community.

So again: welcome back. And please stay in touch,

Your friend on the journey, Leighton

“Reaching One of Life’s Landmarks”

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Canon J. John is a member of our LFM Point Group, and a gifted evangelist in the UK. Here are some of his thoughts about arriving at his 60th birthday.

There’s no point in denying that I’m about to reach a particular milestone on 2nd June. Now there are different views about reaching sixty. Some people see it as being no more than some insignificant crossing of which brings little change, while others see sixty as marking your entrance into some unfamiliar territory of the ‘senior years’.

Inevitably I have been reflecting on reaching sixty and have decided that my attitude can be summed up in terms of what I accept, reject and expect.

First, what do I accept? Well I accept that, although welcome, the cards, candles and celebrations are indeed reminders of my mortality. When we are young we all consider our lives to be unlimited; any end lies safely out of sight beyond the horizon. However, when you reach sixty you realise there are more years behind you than there are ahead. And although we have made progress (after all, a century ago you probably were dead!), being sixty does mean that you have to start thinking about mortality. Here, of course, one of the perks of being a Christian is that not only can I look at this life’s ending without flinching, I can see beyond it.

Read the whole article here.

In Memoriam – Todd Hahn and Tom Dooley

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Last week, on the same day, we received word of the death of two friends, both of whom had a close relation to Leighton Ford Ministries.

TODD HAHN

Todd died suddenly at his parents home in Charlotte. He was close to his 50th birthday.

Leighton and the Ford family knew Todd from his student years at UNC Chapel Hill, and later as part of the Arrow Leadership Program.

He was the founding pastor of two churches, and a talented writer and speaker in many venues. He helped to catalog Leighton’s Hour of Decision sermons, and helped to revise several of Leighton’s books.

He was also he valued editor of our website for several years.

Leighton and Kevin Ford, who was a close friend of Todd’s, will both speak at his service on Sunday afternoon, May 20, at the Church at Charlotte.

TOM DOOLEY

Tom died at his home, surrounded by loving family, after several years of failing health. He was 83.

He was a well-known business leader, community philanthropist, and YMCA leader, respected and well known. He was also a widely known NFL referee, including officiating for the Super Bowl.

He served as a board member and as treasurer for Leighton Ford Ministries for a number of years, and he was a strong supporter of our ministry, as well as a great encourager.

He and his wife Nancy were close friends of Jean and Leighton, and they often hosted our mentoring groups at their mountain home in Blowing Rock.

Leighton led in the readings for the celebration service at Christ Episcopal Church, Charlotte, this week. An overflow crowd of leaders and friends packed out the church the Dooleys attended for many years.

We loved them both, miss them both, and thank God for their friendship.

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