Appreciation -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal
Volume: DBSJ 09:1 (Fall 2004)
Article: Appreciation
Author: Anonymous


On June 3, 2004, Dr. Rolland D. McCune celebrated his 70th birthday. In light of this significant milestone, we are using this tenth issue of the Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal to honor him and thank him for his faithful service to Jesus Christ.

The articles for this edition of the journal come from his colleagues at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary and from men who teach at other fundamental educational institutions. The faculty at DBTS has been greatly influenced by Dr. McCune’s life and teaching. His thorough commitment to the Scriptures and sound doctrine have shaped the atmosphere and direction of DBTS.

Several of the writers for this edition of the journal were students of Dr. McCune’s at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Minneapolis (Drs. Beacham and McClain), Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary (Drs. Cole, Dawson, and Doran), or both (Dr. Davey). All are grateful for the profound influence that Dr. McCune has had on their lives and ministries.

Dr. Rolland D. McCune has been Professor of Systematic Theology at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary since 1981. He also served as Dean of the Faculty for six years and then, in 1989, was chosen to serve as President of the seminary. Dr. McCune served effectively as President for ten years before setting aside his administrative duties in order to expand his writing ministry.

Before joining the faculty at DBTS, Dr. McCune spent fourteen years on the faculty of Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, serving as Professor, Registrar, and Dean. He also served for a time on the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota Baptist Association and on the faculty of Indiana Baptist College in Indianapolis. Dr. McCune has pastored churches in Missouri and Indiana and often served as interim pastor in churches in Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, and Michigan.

Dr. McCune received his seminary and doctoral training at Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Indiana. He has also studied at the Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem. Dr. McCune has written numerous articles for the publications of the seminaries where he has served and has produced extensive syllabi for his courses that serve as invaluable resources for his students. Dr. McCune has also written a book entitled Promise Unfulfilled: The Failed Strategy of Modern Evangelicalism, released in October 2004.

It is very common for former students to express appreciation for the influence of their professors, but when Dr. McCune’s former students talk about his impact on their lives, it usually transcends mere appreciation. These testimonials are full of profound respect and agreement that his example and instruction were life-changing. Over three decades of seminary st...

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