R C SproulDr. Robert Charles Sproul, better known to many simply as R.C. or R C Sproul, was the founder and Chairman of Ligonier Ministries, and Executive Editor of Tabletalk Magazine. Passed away on 13, Wednesday 2017.
He was indeed a man of God used by God for His glory. Yes, God in His grace used him to awaken men and women around the world to the holiness of God, and his legacy is evident not only in the vast body of work he leaves behind but in the countless people whose understanding of God’s majestic character was deepened because they sat under his teaching.” HIs writings are indeed an asset to the growing Bible-believing Christians the world over.R C Sproul yet another great theologian passed away at 78. A Tribute via NewsAndViewsForYou Click To Tweet
Thanks, Dan Wooding for this share. May The Almighty God Comfort the near and dear and his team and may go forward with the legacy he left behind.
I am glad to reproduce a report and tribute by Assist author Brian Nixon, published on the pages of Assist. Read on…
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Theologian and founder of Ligonier Ministries, R.C. Sproul, passed away on Wednesday afternoon at the age of 78.
“The Sproul family has shared the sad news with us that our founder, Dr. R.C. Sproul, went home to be with the Lord this afternoon. Please pray for the Sprouls,” Ligonier Ministries announced on its Facebook page.
All I can say is what a loss to the Church of Jesus Christ.
I distinctly remember the two times I met R.C Sproul. Both were in California. At a Northern California conference, Mr. Sproul spoke on God’s sovereignty. He was joined by Sinclair Ferguson. And though I disagree with some of the conclusions drawn at the conference, talking with Dr. Sproul was a pleasure. The other meeting occurred in Southern California. Dr. Sproul was speaking at yet another conference, this one held at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, California. Here I was able to purchase the Geneva Study Bible and a few books by Dr. Sproul (signed, of course). Again, Dr. Sproul was kind, attentive, and passionate in his presentation.
Since then, I’ve turned to Dr. Sproul many times over—gaining insight into a host of Biblical, educational, and cultural topics. I subscribed to Tabletalk magazine, ordered the yearly tapes (yes, we used tapes then), and I listened to his broadcast, Renewing Your Mind. I even took courses through Ligonier Ministries (the name of his teaching ministry), getting my continuing education units for the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). To say the least, I’m quite familiar with the work, wisdom, and ways of Dr. Sproul.
And though I don’t agree with all of his theology (I’m Anglican in disposition, not Calvinist as is Dr. Sproul), I can’t help but thank God for his impact and presence in the world. So in commemoration of his forthcoming birthday, here’s a few areas I have learned from Dr. Sproul and I think the church universal should continue to cultivate.
Christ is Central. In all the conferences, books, and teachings I’ve heard from Dr. Sproul, one point is prominent: Jesus is central. Jesus is the great prophet, priest, and king; He’s our Redeemer, Lord, and savior. And because of the mighty acts of Christ—His life, death, and resurrection, our due response is awe and awareness—of His person, place, and plan in the world.
Recommended reads: Who is Jesus and the Majesty of Christ.
The Bible is ‘the Book.’ Like other academic mentors of mine—Dr. Norman Geisler and John Warwick Montgomery, Dr. Sproul has a high view of Scripture. As one of the primary contributors to the contemporary defense of Biblical truth (published as God’s Inerrant Word in 1974), Dr. Sproul has been a keen advocate for the reliability and trustworthiness of the Bible.
Recommended reads: In addition to several commentaries, I recommend Knowing Scripture, Scripture Alone, Can I Trust the Bible?, and What’s In the Bible.
Your Mind Matters. I first came to awareness of Dr. Sproul’s ministry through his apologetics and worldview teaching. I was struck with the integrity of mental thought and the input he provided on a host of topics. He helped clear up some of the questions I had regarding a variety of subjects—form differing worldviews to how science and the Bible relate.
Recommended reads: The Consequences of Ideas, Defending Your Faith, Not a Chance, Reason to Believe, and Classical Apologetics.
Essentials are Essential. In many people’s eyes, R.C Sproul is known for his theology, the essential doctrines of the Christian faith. From people as diverse as Charles Colson (who said concerning Sproul’s classic theological book, The Holiness of God, “the material drove me to my knees”) to James Montgomery Boice (who called the seminal book, the “classic theological work of our time”), there’s no doubt Sproul’s Calvinist interpretations of theology have influenced many. Even non-Calvinists such as myself have gleaned and garnered great insight into the importance of theology.
Recommended reads: Essential Truths of the Christian Faith, The Holiness of God, and Everyone’s a Theologian.
Culture Counts. Finally, I’ll touch on the area that I enjoy most about Dr. Sproul (and largely underappreciated)—his love, cultivation, and critique of culture. Many may not be familiar with the fact that Sproul loves music, literature, art, and education, as his many references to poems (Edgar Allen Poe), literature (Moby Dick), music (Thelonious Monk and Bach), and children’s books, will attest.
Recommended reads: Lifeviews: Make a Christian Impact on Culture and Society, The Donkey Who Carried a King, The Prince with Dirty Clothes, and The Barber Who Wanted to Pray.
About the writer: Brian Nixon is a writer, musician, and minister. He’s a graduate of California State University, Stanislaus (BA) and is a Fellow at Oxford Graduate School (D.Phil.). To learn more, click HERE
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- W. Robert Godfrey, “A Letter from the Chairman of Ligonier Ministries“
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- Burk Parsons, “R.C. Sproul: A Man Called by God“
- Jack Rowley, “The Ligonier Valley Study Center Early Years“
- Mark Dever, “Life and Apologetics with R.C. Sproul“
- John Piper, “Unashamed Allegiance: A Tribute to R.C. Sproul (1939–2017)“
- Sinclair Ferguson, “Have You Heard of R.C. Sproul?“
- Albert Mohler, “A Bright and Burning Light: Robert Charles Sproul, February 13, 1939––December 14, 2017”
- John MacArthur, “A Tribute to My Friend“
- Michael Horton, “R.C. Sproul: In Memoriam“
- Nicholas T. Batzig, “A Tribute to R.C. Sproul“
- Tim Challies, “Next Time: A Tribute to R.C. Sproul“
- Scott Swain, “In Memoriam: R. C. Sproul, Preacher and Teacher of a Thrice-Holy God“
- Rick Phillips, “Lion in Our Midst: A Eulogy for R.C. Sproul“
- Jared Wilson, “The Numinous and R.C. Sproul“
- Stephen Nichols, “The Launch of Ligonier’s ‘Tabletalk’ Magazine: 40 Years Later“
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- Heather’s Ambitions, Dr. R. C. Sproul – A Man Who Left a Legacy.
- ALSO WATCH THIS VIDEO: WITH CHRIS LARSON’S INTERVIEW WITH DR. R C SPROUL. RC SHARES HIS TESTIMONY AND THE BEGINNING OF HIS FAITH. IT IS INDEED AMAZING TO LISTEN!