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I knew I would learn how to preach from Haddon, but what I didn't know is I would learn how to love.
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Mark L. Juneau
Thanks for this wonderful tribute.
I WAS BLESSED TO HAVE STUDIED UNDER DR. ROBINSON AS A STUDENT AT DALLAS SEMINARY IN THE LATE 60's/EARLY 70's. I HAD HEARD OF MANY OF THE OTHER PROFESSORS THERE BEFORE I ATTENDED (RYRIE, WALVOORD,PENTECOST, ETC.), BUT HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS IN STORE FOR ME WITH THE CLASSES HE TAUGHT ON HOMILETICS. HE WAS A DELIGHT FOR ANYONE WHO LOVED GOD'S WORD AND GOD'S PEOPLE!
Marvin Jewell, MD, Past Pres. Christian Medical & Dental Society, USA
I was Pres. of CMDA,USA when Haddon was our Gen.Dir. In Jan.of 1978 I was flying with a very sick CMDA Staff member from Liberia to NYC. We were delayed hours in Senegal waiting for permission to continue to snow-blocked NYC. I thought the sick man might die in that airport while we waited. He survived. When I arrived home & called Haddon to report the situation he said "So now I know why God woke me to pray for John when I had no knowledge of his need." God certainly helped Haddon love us all.
Haddon Robinson truly lived out his faith by doing the greatest thing! Thanks for sharing your experience. Very encouraging!
I did not have the privilege of meeting Dr. Haddon Robinson in person [or parson], but I became a MUCH better pastor because of his book on preaching. I listened to him every chance I had as a member of the panel on the Daily class with Mark DeHaan, Alice, and others on the radio. I was blessed by those encounters.
Well said, Pat!
"The God who speaks with utmost integrity must have messengers who represent him well."
Haddon W. Robinson
I have been a fan of Dr Robinson since he spoke at Phila College of Bible (now Cairn U.) for a Pastors Conference back in late 70's.
Thank you for sharing your heart in print for all to share
Excellent tribute. Moving.
We need more Haddons. And Patricias.
Thanks for the inspiration.
Really touching tributes & Loving!
Thank you for this beautiful tribute, Pat. When I texted our son to tell him that Haddon had passed away, he immediately shot back a text, and his comment (in addition to expressing his sadness) was, “He was a kind man.” Our son’s interaction with Haddon took place when our son was in elementary and middle school, and I was struck with the beauty of those words—that he remembered Haddon as being kind to him as a 9-14 year old. Haddon showed love by his kind words, actions, and demeanor.
I am so grateful for having had the privilege to study under Haddon Robinson. He was one of the key reasons I chose to do my D.Min. work at Denver Seminary in the late '80s. His methodology and passion and creativity continue to inform and influence me as I prepare my weekly expository message. And when a young preacher asks what resources I would recommend for preaching, the first answer I give is always his Biblical Exposition.
Like many of his students, Haddon was my favorite preacher. He mentored me through my doctoral thesis. My favorite memory of him was during my 2nd residency. He stopped class to pray for one of my peers who was dealing with a difficult situation at his local church. Haddon's prayer was short but to the point (yes, he even used "Big Idea" in his prayers). He simply prayed, "Lord, give Bill thick skin and a soft heart." How often we are tempted to do the opposite -- develop thin skin and a hard heart. He was a great mentor. I cherish the memories that he helped me create.
I recall the long pause after Haddon once told us, "We don't preach the Bible." Then he finished, "We preach the Bible...to people."
What a beautiful tribute. Though I do not know Haddon's life story, I only know of him through the many who were personally touched by him and through his warm (and LOVING) voice and approach as he shared his insights on the Discover the Word radio program. I hope that some day soon, one of these people so affected by his life will write a biography so the rest of us can know his "back story" too.
WILLIAM MICHAEL MORGAN
I was privileged to speak with Haddon Robinson in the lobby outside a Gideon convention in Dallas. It was memorable when I told him I had visited Boston - He replied "Come back. We need the money."
Very helpful...very inspiring!Thank you so much.
Pat, thank you. I am so grateful to have taken my DMin under Haddon and I appreciate the heartfelt tribute you have written. I remember the "interview" we all had to have during our second residency. I went in quite nervous, but Haddon's first concern was how I was doing and what my DMin experience was like. That very pleasantly surprised me and challenged me. We don't teach courses, we teach students! Thank you Haddon for that life lesson.
Pat, thank you for this beautiful article. I didn't know Haddon as well as you, but I agree that he was an even greater man than he was a preacher. I don't know that I ever saw some of the things he did as flowing out of his love, but after reading your article I know that was its source. One picture I have burned in my brain was when he was speaking in chapel one morning. I was sitting across the room and looked over to see him deep in prayer. It sort of surprised me, really. I prayed fervently before I preached, but at least in part because I was terrified and inexperienced. He had done this a million times, and this was "just" a student chapel. It touched me that he knew that he needed God's help if he was going to preach to change lives -- and that was his goal. That's love -- for God & for his students.
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