This Sunday we will continue our look at “Questions People Asked Jesus.” This week’s question is: “Who Sinned?” It is a question that Jesus’ contemporaries asked more than we do. They saw almost everything as a result of God’s blessing or punishment. We will look to one of the intriguing stories of our Lord on Sunday. I hope you will be here.
Last week one of my mentors passed away. Dr. Frank Tupper taught at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville until he was forced out along with so many of my beloved teachers in the SBC battle. Frank then moved to Wake Forest University. In recent years he had gone back to Louisville to be near his children (his wife Betty died almost four decades ago). Frank had not been in Louisville very long when he fell and was severely injured, never to walk again. He dealt with much sadness in his life: the serious illness of one of his children; the death of his wife in her 30’s and then a loss of mobility and independence. But Frank did not lose his will to live or his ability to find joy, even in the darkest of hours.
Frank ushered me through my doctoral program in Louisville. He helped me understand the “mystery” of our faith in ways I could not previously imagine. He was a teacher who both challenged and encouraged his students. I could not fail to give thanks to God that our paths crossed and that his teaching lives on in so many of us who were blessed to call him “teacher and friend.”
Did you have a teacher like Frank? This week, if possible, why not let them know the role they played in your life. I know it would mean the world to them.
See you Sunday,