Witty Dr. Kennedy

June 21, 2011


My son recently wrote a research paper on Dr. D. James Kennedy, the late minister of the Presbyterian church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We became familiar with Dr. Kennedy through his TV show, “Coral Ridge Hour,” an excellent show. Well, my son discovered quite a number of biographical gems and hilarious anecdotes about Dr. Kennedy. This is one of my favorites:


One of the self-improvement courses Jim subjected himself to in the late 1960s was the Evelyn Wood Speed Reading Course. He wanted to enlarge his capacity for taking in more information in a shorter time. He was conscientious about his daily practice sessions, and before long he could actually skim through the entire Bible in one hour, the Gospel of John in just one minute, and original Greek at the rate of one thousands words per minute. (Imagine that!! 😯 )

The exercise called for a special positioning of the body into a sort of wrestler’s crouch, with one arm encircling the book and pinning it down firmly so that the pages could be flipped as rapidly as possible with the other hand, which was equipped with a rubber finger tip to insure traction.

Faithful to his daily self-discipline, Jim was in just such a stance aboard a plane, bearing down on his Bible and zipping through the pages as fast as he could turn them. Out of the corner of his eye he could see that a passenger across the aisle from him was totally transfixed at the sight of a man on a plane wrapped around a Bible and whooshing through the pages almost faster than the optic nerve could absorb.

Finally, the poor fellow could stand it no longer. He came over to where Jim was pursuing his new skill and asked in disbelief, “You’re not really reading that Bible, are you?”

Jim, in a calculated release of roguish humor, replied without looking up: “Finger exercise.”


BWAHAHAH!!! :rofl: Gotta love Dr. Kennedy!


One Response to “Witty Dr. Kennedy”

  1. The Other Alice Says:

    Love that story! I recently heard another one from Way of the Master; I guess Dr. Kennedy was being interviewed by some news guy, and the guy said something like, “Don’t you think that you’re scaring people by preaching repentance?” and Dr. Kennedy said, “I couldn’t care less.” Whoa!