Tuesday, September 18, 2007

in memory of Scott Becker...

It saddens me greatly to learn that Scott Becker passed away on Sept. 13, 2007. Scott was previously the assistant pastor at Bethany Community Church (where I attend) and had moved to Pasadena, CA, where he was working on his Ph.D at Fuller Seminary. Scott had cancer, and fought valiantly for several years, and there was a time when it looked as though the illness might be in permanent remission. But, it returned last year and, over the past several weeks, it seems his health took a traumatic downturn, until at last his body gave up the fight.

Scott will be greatly missed by a multitude of friends and loved ones. Personally, I am extremely appreciative of his willingness to take time out of his very busy schedule to encourage me in my own educational endeavors and to respond to my questions about doctoral studies. Scott was not only a profound thinker, but someone who genuinely desired to see the world changed by the love of Christ. His life was a testimony to the kind of honest, self-giving faith that doesn't run from difficult questions, yet continues to trust and show love in the midst of incredible adversity. Thanks, Scott, for your witness and example. Until we meet again...

I have no idea how long Scott's blog will remain active, but I am posting links to some of my favorite entries. I encourage you all to read them.





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