Dr. L. Russ Bush, faculty member at Southeastern, passed away last night. He had been struggling with cancer for several years now.
Truthfully, I never had Dr. Bush for a class during my time at Southeastern, nor did I have to read his book for the philosophy class I did take. But...here is some of my thoughts based on my interaction with him.
He stood for what he believed the Truth to be. He was part of the Conservative Resurgence in the 1980s in the Southern Baptist Convention. Read Dr. Mohler's blog today for more info on that. Not many people stand firm on Truth like he did.
He loved his students. I remember being in Thailand 2 years ago and he and his wife Cindy came even though he was real sick, mainly because he wanted to see his students who were on the field.
Cindy - his wife. She was absolutely wonderful. Such a gracious, hospitable person who loved her husband, loved serving him all these many years of their marriage, and loved Jesus. Any man has to be great to have that great of a wife. Prov 31.10 - "An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels."
This morning when I received the news from Wake Forest, I was of course sad for Sarah (his asst), his wife, Cindy and their kids, and the school family. He left behind a great legacy. I still haven't figured out the hurt and pain that comes from losing one's husband after so long of sharing life together. Pray for Cindy - pray that she gets her complete strength from Jesus. But, I was so pleased that Jesus had died for Dr. Bush and His grace had redeemed him. He is now pain free and worshiping Jesus in the all-consuming presence of his Heavenly Father.