A Reformation & Revival Journal Interview with Roger Nicole -- By: Anonymous
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A Reformation & Revival Journal
Interview with Roger Nicole
Earlier this year John H. Armstrong interviewed Professor Roger Nicole at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Nicole is well known to many of our readers. He was a professor of theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for forty-one years before he became a member of the faculty at Reformed Theological Seminary. Dr. Nicole recently retired from teaching but continues to write and encourage ministers and teachers.
R R J—How did you come to know Christ and how did the Lord lead you to become a professor of theology?
R N—I was born in Germany, near Berlin. My father at the time was a chaplain for the French Protestant Prisoners of War in Germany. He traveled throughout the country visiting thirty-eight different camps of prisoners. I was born in 1915, right in the middle of the war. When World War I began, the German government cancelled the French speaking services and my father, who had tenure in this position, continued to stay in Germany. He volunteered himself to work among the French Protestant prisoners of war.
My parents finally left Germany in 1920, when I was only
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four-and-a-half years old. I had not learned German at home because we spoke French. My father became a minister in the Free Church in Switzerland and functioned as the pastor of a church located in three different townships. He exercised a ministry that the Lord blessed greatly. It is in this connection that, at seven years of age, actually just a week before my eighth birthday, I was permitted to attend an evangelistic meeting. My father had invited an evangelist to have a series of meetings in his church. In this context I sensed the call of God upon my life and responded to Jesus Christ by recognizing my sin and seeking his salvation.
Later on I had considerably more spiritual development, which at the time I thought was probably the time of my true conversion. Thinking back upon it I realize now that my first decision was in fact the time of God’s calling and that the other experiences brought me better understanding of what it really meant to be a Christian. I have thus had the privilege of knowing the Lord as my Savior for almost eighty years.
R R J—Your father was a pastor?
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R N—Yes. He did some very excellent studies in Geneva where his father was a professor of Greek at the university. In fact, my grandfather went to Egypt to pick up ancient manuscripts by the boxfuls and brought them out to the University of Geneva. At the end of the nineteenth c...
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