My Weekend: Ravi Zacharias, Sushi Rolls, Eating Like Grown-Ups, & the Wide World of Sports

randomlychad  —  October 17, 2011 — 8 Comments

This past weekend, my wife & I played hooky from our church to hear Ravi Zacharias speak on life’s questions. After hearing him, two things are clear:

He’s brilliant; and,

It’s no wonder he’s known as one of the preeminent apologists of our day. You should check him out.


With Saturday being my “cheat day,” I purposefully pigged out on donuts in the morning, and skipped lunch–because I knew we were meeting for dinner prior to the Ravi Zacharias event. Which meant, with the doors opening at six, we had reservations for four-thirty. Yes, it felt a bit like taking a walk on the senior side (eating so early)–only without the blue hair.

As good as, as enlightening as, Dr. Zacharias (who doesn’t have blue hair, but stately, gentlemanly, white hair) was, the real highlight of the evening was fellowshipping with our friends over sushi prior to the event. And when I say “fellowshipping,” I mean a meal sans children, full of actual adult conversation. Imagine that? Much laughter ensued. And my wife even got me to try the Rainbow Roll–though Sashimi is not how I usually, you know, “roll.” Who knew that raw Salmon could be so tasty? (Seriously, you should try it).

Can you tell me how a great evening like this is supposed to end? How does one follow great fellowship, and then hearing one of the most brilliant minds of the church address crucial topics? If you guessed having the children spend at your in-law’s place, you’d be right.

Well, half-right.

Our post-Zacharias evening was to include an uninterrupted viewing of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. (Because that’s how I roll).

That’s not quite exactly how it played out. And honestly what follows is, like Tobey McGuire’s Spider-Man, “not for the faint of heart.”

My wife and I, somewhere south of ten o’clock, got a phone call. From the sound of it, you would think our five year-old daughter was the one who noshed on the raw fish. And then couldn’t stomach it.

Yes, friends and neighbors, she yarked all over grandma’s comforter.

And grandma was none too happy about that.

At this point, I imagine you know where this is going. Who had the extreme privilege, nay, the honor, of picking up his children at eleven o’clock at night? This dad. That is how, unfortunately, parenting seems to roll.

So it goes.

My wife finished virtually all of P, T, & A without me. And it being very late, and all, by the time I got home, my night–like the old ABC Wide World of Sports–quickly went from “the thrill of victory” to “the agony of defeat.”

So it goes. I’m still tired.

How about you? How was your weekend?




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  • Cindy Holman

    My in-laws are crazy about Ravi and attend his conferences all over the world once a year. That's all we ever hear about! So glad you agree that he is brilliant because sometimes I think my in-laws have gone too far this time chasing after different people in ministry -- and this is only one in a long list of people over the years 🙂 Had a great weekend -- and it's starting out to be a great week too with the sunshine in the Pacific Northwest -- everything is green and BEAUTIFUL!

    • The man knows how to lay a logical foundation almost better than anyone I've ever heard, and yet despite the obvious brilliance, he's quite humble. I can't think of anyone better for your in-laws to emulate as they follow Christ (breathe a huge sigh that it's not, say, Benny Hinn). The Pacific Northwest sounds beautiful! Always wanted to visit. The hills here are brown all year-round.

  • Was he short?

    I seem to remember a song about him…

    "Zacharias was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he!"

    Wait a minute…that may have been someone else.

    • No, he wasn't particularly short--but he did speak with an Indian accent.

  • Twas an uneventful/good weekend. Filled with foods other than sushi. Thankfully.

    • What? They don't have sushi in Knoxville? 😉

  • Fantastic post -- my weekend couldn't touch the awesomeness of yours! Loved PT&A -- "….those aren't pillow!!!!"

    • Love that line! And, boo!, missed that part while I was off picking up my kids. :-(Sunday was a late breakfast, followed by chores, followed by a birthday party--interspersed with disciplining the kids. 🙂 Did you run in the marathon over the weekend?