In John Maxwell’s book Running with the Giants, he talks about Old Testament heroes, those who have run the race of life before us. He mentions running into a stadium (mid-race, in our life long race) to receive encouragment from heroes/people of faith that are in the stands watching us run, urging us on, praying for us — our cheerleaders! It is a powerful word picture. Well, when I recently heard of the passing of Brother Forest Arnold, a professor I sat under at Central Bible College, I remembered these words of John Maxwell. I believe that Brother Arnold is one of these heroes, not one of the Old Testament, but the 20th century. A man of great faith and calling. One who has gone before us, who led by example, who impressed upon a multitude of people what it is to be like Christ. I’m also certain that he is now in the stands cheering his colleagues, former students, family and friends on as we continue our journeys.
I post this blog in memory of a great man who had contagious laughter, a heart of compassion and the mind of Christ. We’ll see you soon, Brother Arnold!