Last year I was in the Moody commons when I bumped into my old across-the-street neighbor, Kevin DeYoung. Kevin was at Moody finalizing a book deal with Moody Press. I was at Moody eating lunch. (Pretty much the same thing.)
Back in the day (when I was in high school), I would occasionally play basketball with Kevin and his older brother Peter. Peter was also in my section in marching band--the infamous trombones. Both boys were younger than me so we didn't "hang out" much beside basketball and band but being neighbors for about 7 years we got along well and enjoyed each others' company.
While playing basketball, Kevin and I often had interesting chats about politics and the news. Kevin was one of the most precocious and brilliant guys I knew. 4 or 5 years younger than me, he would rattle off insight and commentary about the news and politics that blew me away. He also had a very sharp and sarcastic wit and could roast anyone with little effort--fun-loving Peter being his usual target.
Now, 20 years later, both are husbands and fathers and Peter is a medical doctor while Kevin is a pastor and author with several books on the market. Kevin has a blog that I only recently discovered. It is full of razor-sharp and clear-thinking commentary on Scripture, Christianity and life. Definitely worth stopping by to read.
Funny side story: Kevin ran track in high school with the redhead. The redhead and I were dating at the time. At the end of one season--pretty sure it was her senior year--he and a friend invented an award for Gil and had a special t-shirt made as her prize. The award? The first annual Jenison High School "Tough Gal Award Winner". That's my woman.