Over 5,000 chemical engineers are gathered in Philadelphia this week for the big annual meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Some early risers will be joining a Christian fellowship breakfast tomorrow Wednesday morning, Nov. 18 (6:30 a.m., room 301 of the downtown Marriott) where we'll hear a message from Professor Harry Ploehn of the University of South Carolina (he's Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Engineering and Computing). I've been to these events in the past and have found them to be inspiring and thought-provoking. In spite of some fundamental differences in some theological areas, Catholics, Protestants, Mormons, and other Christians who take Christ seriously have some remarkably similar experiences to share and often benefit in seeing just how broad the common ground is. I hope to share some interesting insights as I did last year.

If, as I fear, society gradually becomes increasingly intolerant of devout Christians, I think the common ground may become even broader and perhaps more firm. Nothing builds fellowship between Christians like a sold-out Coliseum and fresh pack of hungry lions.

Speaking of meals, there will be some great food at this breakfast - though a freewill donation of some kind (the $20 kind) is hoped for.
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