Doc & Cedar
In 1985 Dr. Rammel invited the FBF to hold its annual meeting on the campus of Pillsbury College. I was not able to attend that meeting because it was during the time that our family was moving to northern Virginia to take up my new duties with AACS. It was during this meeting that the historic photograph of the four presidents of Pillsbury was taken. I treasure that picture and keep it among my memorabilia.
Cedar was a character. He was full of enthusiasm, responsibility, loyalty, and determination. Doc was equally a unique character. He was shrewd, brilliant, scholarly and definitely determined. I was enriched knowing both them in a very close and personal way.
As I come to the conclusion of my thoughts I desire that the reader contemplate two things for me.
First, I would like you to offer any corrections of fact that you might see in my account. I wrote strictly from my remembrances, not from reading what others have written about the two men or the institutions/organizations that they led and influenced.
Second, I would really welcome thoughts and anecdotes from your experience with either man, or about them both. I am not interested in rehashing the past, although I have offered a few opinions in my discourse about the history surrounding the conflict between the two men. Insights and perspectives are welcome; placing blame and recrimination are of no interest to me. I’ve struggled enough in the past over the fallout of these conflicts and I do not need to go there again.
Lessons & Thoughts
- I appreciated his commitment to the local church – in doctrine & practice.
- I appreciated his clear, consistent & non-sensational dispensational emphasis.
- I appreciated his reasonable and vigorous advocacy and defense of Biblical Christianity.
- I wish he would have traveled and promoted Central Seminary.
- I wish he had been dedicated to working more with other leaders.
- I wish he had built coalitions rather than focusing on differences.
- I appreciated his deep and personal interest in people — youngsters, pastors, church members and me.
- I appreciated and marveled at his enthusiasm, energy and commitment to his ministry, friends and organizations that he represented.
- I appreciated that he accepted me for who I was, and that he grew to respect my convictions, decisions & relationships/friendships.
- I wish he had been more careful and nuanced about some of his positions.
- I wish he would have let others share the load – delegate more.
- I wish he had slowed down and preserved some health and energy for the end of his life.
Links to the Series:
- Part 1 – INTRODUCTION https://gracejourney.blog/2022/05/07/doc-cedar/
- Part 2 – MY HEROES https://gracejourney.blog/2022/05/14/doc-cedar-part-2/
- Part 3 – STRONG PERSONALITIES https://gracejourney.blog/2022/05/21/doc-cedar-part-3/
- Part 4 – CONTRASTING STYLES https://gracejourney.blog/2022/05/28/contrasting-styles-part-4/
- Part 5 – CONFLICTING DEVELOPMENTS https://gracejourney.blog/2022/06/04/doc-cedar-part-5/
- Part 6 – DIFFERING OPINIONS https://gracejourney.blog/2022/06/11/doc-cedar-part-6/
- Part 7 – FINAL THOUGHTS https://gracejourney.blog/2022/06/18/doc-cedar-part-7/