Friday, February 13, 2009

I Have Fought the Good Fight

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I am saddened to hear of the death of Joe Aldrich, who died here in Portland yesterday.  Dr. Aldrich was Pastor of Mariners Church in Newport Beach, CA, but most prominently known as the President of Multnomah Bible College & Seminary here on the eastside of the river that divides Portland.  His book Lifestyle Evangelism is a classic that predated (and precipitated?) much of the evangelistic efforts in America in the 1990’s & 2000’s. 

I only had the privilege of meeting “Dr. Joe” once and it was quick.  He became severely limited in his public ministry the paimagest decade or so by Parkinson’ s disease. 

I have been blessed, not only by his writings in books & journals, and somewhat by the ministry of Multnomah, (although I am always saddened by how little impact the Christian colleges and seminaries of Portland have here in the city that they call home). But mostly I have been blessed by the Prayer conference that he began at the Oregon coast years ago and continue to be put on by International Renewal Ministries.

The heroes of the faith that I looked up to as a young man & preacher are dying off, one by one.  It is time to step up and be our own heroes. 

1 comment:

Multnomah University said...

We at MU have established a place on our blog for folks to send thoughts and prayers on our blog. We will also followup with a retrospective post next week.

http://blogs.multnomah.edu/university

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