Editorial -- By: Richard L. Mayhue
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In memory of
Charles Russell Smith
The Master’s Seminary
died with dignity
cherished friendships deeply
impacted thousands of students
blazed the trail for The Master’ Seminary
loved to think and “theologize”
spoke fondly of his sons
provided well for Ellie
This second issue of The Master’s Seminary Journal is dedicated to the memory of Charles Russell Smith (“Chuck” to his friends) who devoted the richest part of his life to The Master’s Seminary. When John MacArthur and I visited him shortly before his going to be with the Lord on August 29, 1990, he said that planting The Master’s Seminary had fulfilled his life’s dreams.
We thank the Lord for our first Dean and share a June 1990 interview we had with Chuck so that you can sense his outlook as he valiantly faced a new beginning:
Everyone, I think, is aware of the fact that I have a disease that has been becoming more and more debilitating for a number of months. I was advised a little over a year ago that my cancer had moved into my lungs and that it was terminal. There was nothing that could be done about it. At that time, the best estimate was I would have less than a year to live. The Lord has already exceeded that year by well over a month and it has been a great year. When you have a whole year to focus on eternity, then you have a whole
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year to focus on developing relationships with loved ones that will have impact for eternity. I have had a fantastic opportunity that not very many people have.
One of the tumors has impinged upon a nerve that controls my left vocal cord. My left vocal cord is now completely paralyzed. So I am able to speak using only my right vocal cord, which gives me a great deal of limitation but at least allows me to be heard. It became obvious that the disease was not going to allow me to continue my ministry with the same kind of vim, vigor, and vitality that I wanted. It’s pretty hard to have a seminary dean who can’t speak, to start with, and also who doesn’t have much energy. I did not want to see the seminary reach a place where I was sort of a dragging factor, and I knew there was no need for that.
We have a Wednesday morning President’s Administrative Council meeting. I had been praying and decided it was time to make the change. I decided it wasn’t wise to try to maintain the status quo. I suggested the change to the president’s council. I think they understood my feelings. But they said, “No, let’s let things be as they are. We’ll just do the best we can until the L...
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