Posted by Elliot Miller on November 21, 2003 at 18:11:10:
I have shed many a tear since hearing Monday night that Bob went on to be with the Lord. My tears are not for Bob (I'm actually a little envious of him -- he gets to go home early). They are for us. The passing of Bob Passantino leaves a huge void. Who else gives of his time so freely to anyone and everyone who asks of it? Who else has demonstrated such a life-long, unswerving dedication to truth and excelling at apologetics? Who else has mastered the fine-points of philosophy and logic so well that the atheists who don't run when they see him coming learn a new respect for biblical theists? Who else so makes it his responsibility to understand and answer every new challenge to biblical truth that comes along, whether influential or obscure? To whom else will I go when I'm struggling with an intellectual problem that most do not understand or care to understand, let alone help me find an answer? To be fair, there are some people that come to mind when I ask these questions, but none so fully and completely as Bob. The world is going to be a much poorer place unless all of us who were touched by Bob do a little bit more than we have been doing to help fill the mighty gap left by his departure -- whether that means giving more of ourselves to ordinary people who need answers, investing our time in discipling Christians in apologetics, doing the hard work of reading, researching, and reasoning through the intricacies of new teachings and philosophies so that we might have an answer for every man, or having the boldness to confront the enemies of Christianity with the love and truth of Christ. Perhaps God has taken Bob home because it's time for all of us to get off our duffs and begin to take these extra steps. If so, then I can see how God will cause even this to work for the good, but nothing short of our reunion in heaven will be able to replace the joy I have felt so many times on picking up the phone and hearing, "Hallooooo Mr. Elliot! How'ya dong?"
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