The famous Wimbledon tennis tournament is starting in England, and it’s the time of year when many of us think about our good friend David Wheaton. David was a highly ranked tennis pro about twenty years ago. He reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon in 1991, beating tennis greats Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi along the way (he eventually lost to the great German player, Boris Becker). Later, he won the Wimbledon “Over 35 Doubles Championship.”
David has a different passion today. Earlier this month I was on his The Christian Worldview radio program, dealing with the topic “Keeping the Faith ... at Christian Colleges.” During the program, I summarized the contents of our new book Already Compromised and how that so many Christian college professors do not treat the Bible as accurate and authoritative when they give lectures to their students.
You can listen to my interview with David at this link.
Find out more about this defender of the Christian faith at www.DavidWheaton.com. By the way, since I’m an Australian, I wanted to point out that he made it to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open (1990), and later he represented America in the prestigious Davis Cup competition (1993). In his career, David won three singles tournaments (and three doubles) on tour.
We spent most of yesterday traveling around the island of Isabela and taking it easy on the boat. The movement of the boat made me seasick in the morning, so I spent most of it in bed. But by 11:00 AM the waters had calmed, and so did the movement of the boat and I did well the rest of the day. When the boat stopped and we looked around we were essentially surrounded by active volcanoes. We can see Sierra Negra, the volcano we climbed the other day. We were again reminded of its large size, as we had been traveling for eight hours by boat and it was still in view! Three other volcanoes also come into view—Cerro Azul and Cerro Ballena on Isabela and the island of Fernandina, which is the youngest of the Galapagos Islands and essentially one giant volcano called La Cumbre. The naturalist tells us that all have erupted in the past several years.Visit Georgia’s blog post to read more and see some photos from her trip.
Late in the afternoon, we cruise in pangas through Elizabeth Bay (Isabela). This is a long, narrow bay lined with white, black, and red mangroves. I found it ironic that this bay has the same name as my daughter and is known for its population of Galapagos penguins—and penguins are my daughter’s favorite bird. I make sure to take lots of pictures of the two penguins we spot swimming in the water. We also see some brown pelicans resting in the mangroves. It is very quiet and peaceful in the bay and we are the only ship for many miles.
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