Monday, January 3, 2011

Good Pastors Dying Young

In 2006, two of my favorite pastors, both friends of mine, died of two separate, equally tragic accidents. One's car slipped on some ice on the way to church and flipped (the one ice storm of the year in North Texas), the other, while riding bikes (that they'd bought that day) with his two young children, fell, hit his head and went into a coma, never to wake up.

Both of these pastors were Calvinists, meaning that they believed in predestination. Both would have said that God planned those accidents before he formed the Earth. I still believe that.

I miss my friends and I wish I had their guidance now. I'm sad for their wives and for the children that one of them left behind. But I know they're with Jesus in heaven now and I know that God loves and is caring for those they left behind, including me.

Here is one of their sermons (David), left as a ghost on an old Myspace page. The links to Dustin's last sermon are all broken, but I have the file on my computer and I have linked to it here if you'd like to listen to it. Both of their last sermons are on God's providence and sovereignty and urge us to trust God at all costs.

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