Two great men died this week.
One is world famous. The other is not.
Muhammad Ali, the boxing legend, passed away at the age of 74. I remember him well. My father was a boxer and we watched many of Ali’s fights together on TV in the 1970’s. He was a great athlete, for sure.
Another great man passed away this week. I doubt you’ve heard of him.
His name is Dr. Robertson McQuilkin. He was a servant of King Jesus and a great fighter in the spiritual war going on around us every day.
He was a missionary, Bible teacher, author, and president of Columbia International University (formerly Columbia Bible College). I attended seminary at CIU during his tenure there and was fortunate to be in one of his classes.
A godly man. A humble man. A man a prayer. A gifted expositor of the Word.
But what I’ll remember about him most was how much he loved his wife Muriel. After serving as president of CIU from 1968 to 1990, Dr. McQuilken resigned from his position to care for his ailing wife who had Alzheimers.
This is what he said about taking care of Muriel:
“It’s not that I have to. I get to.”
He wrote a book about their life together entitled A Promise Kept.
You can listen to his resignation speech here. It’s about 2 minutes long. You’ll be blessed.
To learn more about this man and his ministry, here’s a 10 minute video here:
Robertson McQuilken wrote several books, including Understanding and Applying the Bible.
May God continue to grow His church through the enduring legacy of this man.