Adrian Rogers dies at 74

rogers.jpgDr. Adrian Rogers, the long-time pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., died Tuesday, Nov. 15. Read the related story in Baptist Press here.

I know there are those out there who have criticized Dr. Rogers and Bellevue on a number of things. I hope they do not take this occasion to voice their disagreements. I did not agree with him on every point of doctrine or on every aspect of practice (I’ve yet to meet the Southern Baptist with whom I do agree on ALL things). However, it was my privilege to have Dr. Rogers as my pastor at Bellevue for more than five years. Years I will always cherish. I had the opportunity to meet him on a couple of occasions when I was an intern there (while attending seminary) and I formed some firm opinions about him.

Without reservation I can say he uncompromisingly proclaimed God’s Word. Without apology he stood by the absolute truth and authority of Scripture. He preached Christ and Him crucified. He was not swayed by political opinion or cultural whim. He was steadfast. He has my utmost respect.

My prayers are with his dear wife, Miss Joyce, who served beside him for all the years of his ministry. May God grant her strength and peace during this very difficult time.

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About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

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