Posted: May 5, 2007 in Uncategorized

Well, the 64th Pepperdine Bible Lectures are now in the books, but it was the 1st experience for me. And I give it a hearty two thumbs up.

From my first-timer perspective, there are three things that made this week worthwhile:

#1: Breathtaking nature (as I heard someone say – either Bobby Valentine or John Alan Turner, I can’t remember which – if you can’t teach people to see God in nature here, well, you should simply give it up)

#2: The (too) wide variety of excellent speakers (I attended 21 lectures this week, but I missed so much, too)

#3: Meeting neat people (just today, for instance, I had breakfast with a lady from Oregon who happened to be from Paragould, Arkansas, and at dinner I broke bread with the neatest elder from Long Beach, California)

I got to see my friends from the past, Scott and Jamie Gatlin, this week. I played phone tag with my friend, Jeneen Metz. I ran into my friend, Pam’s, brother and sister-in-law tonight. I got to hang out quite a bit with Danny & Terri Dodd (which included time with neat guys like Bud Meyer and Jim Miller). I met Bobby Valentine in person, which was a distinct pleasure. I had the pleasure of seeing John Alan Turner again, and I had interesting private conversations with scholars such as Gary Holloway and Rubel Shelley. I met lots of people whose names I have already forgotten, from locations all over these United States. And I spent a LOT of time with Mikey, one of the coolest people in the universe.

But now I’m ready to go home. I miss my wife, and my daughters, and my mom who is at our house right now. So I’m really looking forward to tomorrow, too…

Good night Malibu.

  1. Jody says:

    I see some problems here for Al. He mentions Danny, Scott and Pam’s brother in law all having their wife’s with them, I don’t remember being invited to go. I wonder if any of these men are coming home with photos of Pamela Anderson.

    Oh well, I just see a great mother’s day and anniversary gift in my near future. JD- help me out should I ask for jewlry, the new sports car I have my eye on, or a bottle of bleach for my hair and a new white track suit to wear to my next baseball game?
    Or better yet I think I want to go to a “lecture” for a week in some beautiful location and leave Al home with Hillary and His mother-in-law.

    Al – I miss you too, have a safe trip home.

  2. Lien says:

    I love your comments. I truly miss you and your sense of humor. When you decide what “lecture” your going to attend let me know. Talk to you soon. Take care!

  3. Jody says:


    I miss you too. As soon as I have the line up for the best summer lecture (or concert)I’ll let you know. Hope to see you guys soon.


  4. Bobby and Tamie says:


    Loved your posts from Pepperdine! And laughed out loud at Jody’s comments! 🙂

    Really enjoy your blog.

    — Bobby R.

  5. Al Sturgeon says:

    Uh-oh. Jig’s up.

  6. JD says:

    LOL Jody needs her own blog. I love it.

    I think you ought to call your friend in BR up and get a brand new Saturn Sky! Those are awesome!

    I’m going to a lecture at Dollywood next month … only there’s no lecture. Maybe I can lecture on a corner somewhere and make it a tax deductable trip?

    No bleach for you! You’re the best you anyone can be…and that’s without plastic or celebrity status!

    Get a blog! (Just not on blogger!)

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