I'm in a season of prayer right now about my career and next steps. It's never an easy thing at the holiday season to be overwhelmed with worry about what to do, etc. One of those people who have encouraged me in my prayer life over the years has been R.C. Sproul. I never met him personally, though we had several mutual friends. But I read him and listened to him. I subscribe to Tabletalk and in reformed circles, R.C. is a big deal. On a personal level, through his writings I have learned better to trust in the Lord.
He's also a big deal in culture, though you may not have heard of him. Many of the prominent pastors in America today have found refuge and wisdom in R.C.'s books. He formed Ligonier Ministries and relentlessly preached on God's sovereignty. All is under God's control and in that we can take comfort because all things work for the good of those called according to his purposes.
His departure from here to eternity is bitter sweet because he was inspired by a belief that American Christian theology was shallow and he wanted to boost it. He worked tirelessly to raise up other voices in ministry. But his passing on home comes at a time when much of the shallowness in American theology is being exposed.
One of my big complaints about the conservative movement today is that many of the major organizations are going to collapse as a waste of resources when their founders die. R.C. knew that Christianity is about Jesus and so his ministry must be about Jesus. As a result, he worked to ensure Ligonier will grow on without him.
If you are unfamiliar with his works, I highly recommend you go to Amazon today and just order anything he has written. His books on scripture, prayer, God's sovereignty, etc. are all worth reading. You will learn so much. Our loss here really is Heaven's gain. R.C. Sproul will be missed.