As we exited the double doors at the back of the church the pastor was there to greet us and shake our hands. He had a warm smile and a twinkle in his eyes as I filed by exchanging quick pleasantries. I thanked him for his message which — though it wasn’t impressive or remarkable by any metric — was preached with simplicity and authority telling of the glory of Jesus as he calmed the storm. In that moment I was fascinated by how ordinary it all was, especially because just the day before this pastor, R.C. Sproul, had spoken to a conference attended by thousands of people from all over the world.
R.C. Sproul was a titan of the Christian faith. He was uncompromising on the doctrine of justification by faith alone, a strident defender of the Bible, and perhaps did more to raise an awareness of the holiness of God than any other in the last century. In the coming days I’m quite certain we’ll begin to see in part how big of a footprint this man left, but its fullness will only be measured in its breadth and depth when we all stand in the presence of God. […]