Wednesday, September 05, 2007

D. James Kennedy: Author, Theologian & Pastor; Goes To Be with Jesus

D. James Kennedy, author, theologian, biblical scholar, pastor of the 10,000-member "Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church" in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and founder of the highly influential Coral Ridge Ministries, died early this morning in his sleep.

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Kennedy, 76, died at home at about 2:15 a.m. with his wife and daughter at his bedside.

Kennedy is survived by his wife of 51 years, Anne, and his daughter Jennifer Cassidy.

"There are all kinds of wonderful things I could say about my dad," his daughter said. "But one that stands out is his fine example. He 'walked the walk' and 'practiced what he preached.' His work for Christ is lasting – it will go on and on and make a difference for eternity."

Frank Wright, president of the National Religious Broadcasters, said in a statement, "We will miss Dr. Kennedy enormously."

"His moral leadership and his legacy of impacting the globe for Jesus Christ is unmatched by few in the history of the church," Wright said. "It is our desire to honor him by sustaining and multiplying his impact through Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and all the ministries founded by Dr. Kennedy in the years to come."

A legacy website has been set up to pay tribute to Kennedy's life and faith.

Janet Folger, WND columunist and president of Faith2Action, who served with Kennedy for five years as the national drector of the Center for Reclaiming America, called him "an inspiration, a mentor and an example of unwavering integrity."

"He spoke the truth in love – even in the face of adversity," said Folger. "His legacy of being salt and light in a dark and decaying culture changed the face of America and lives on today."

Please pray for members of his family and the thousands of people who will mourn his passing.

In the coming days, his exemplary life, dedicated to sharing and following the gospel of Jesus Christ will be celebrated.

He will be missed...

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