Short video of clips of RC proclaiming the gospel through the years
Hi TD Family,
I’ve thought about, gave thanks for, and ached for RC everyday since I first learned of his hospitalization and then ensuing Homecoming. I’ve reminisced fondly over our times spent together, enjoying not only fine food, but hearing him explain to us the finer details of our Real Food, our faith in Christ.
My family will remember his gentleness and frivolity with our kids over the decades. He loved kids, knew how to make them feel comfortable, and knew how to make them laugh. He’s the one who taught us the unique “Give me five … up high … down low … ” ritual that I use with young ones today.
RC was also sincerely humble, not taking himself too seriously, often making fun of himself. He once was excited to tell us, “As I came out of the shower this morning, do you know what Vesta (his wife) said to me? She said, ‘When I married you, I knew I was marrying an athlete, I just didn’t know it was going to be a sumo wrestler!'” We howled in laughter together.
I have often had people address me as Pastor or Pastor Arthur, have assumed I went to seminary, or comment that they couldn’t believe that I didn’t go to seminary. More than anyone, I owe that to RC Sproul, whose calling and vision was to bring the seminary to the layman, to bridge the gap between seminary and Sunday School. I am the fruit of what RC envisioned, a lay theologian on the street or in the field, as it were.
I commuted for work from South Pasadena to Orange County from 1990 – 1997, before opening up my Pasadena office. I have often called my little blue Honda Civic my seminary, for it was there that I had stacks of theological courses taught by RC Sproul sitting in my passenger seat. Each day, for nearly an hour’s drive each way, I would listen to the audio cassette tapes over and over again, hanging on RC’s teaching and being increasingly blown away with each listen … of the same lesson! For hundreds of hours, I listened and learned from RC, meeting ultimately with … God.
It was RC that alerted me to the fact that in order to really maximize what you get out of a lecture, you need to listen to it about a dozen times. I have found that to be true and lament when I see Christians think they know what a passage in the Bible says because they have read that passage before or have heard a message on that passage already.
In the absence of any older spiritual mentors at church for me, RC was like a surrogate spiritual father to me; not directly, but certainly indirectly. Thus, it was a distinct privilege and joy to interview RC for you at TD a few years ago when we did the “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” series.
It is a great interview that is personal, honest, real, and very candid. There are things that will surprise you. We typically receive about 20 – 25 views a day on the TD blog. In the last few days, we have received well over 2,200 views, primarily driven by these interviews. Some have linked them to their blogs.
I am also giving you the links to some extraordinary tributes from extraordinary people that are MUST READS. They will not only give you more depth to understanding RC, but will also help you grow in living out your Christian life. – Arthur
Arthur’s Interview With RC
MUST READ Tributes to RC
Steven Lawson’s Tribute to RC (this one is especially good)