Posted by Ross and Mireya Johnson on December 31, 2003 at 20:31:11:
I was first invited to Bob and Gretchenís Bible study class in 1995 (my senior year of high school) by Stephen Ross after hearing Bob and Gretchen doing a dialogue with Frank Beckwith on the Bible Answer Man Program in 1994 on Abortion. The Wednesday night class started at about 6:00pm and ended at about 11:00pm. After the class Bob and I talked until after 1:00am (resurrection theories) and he wanted to keep going. This is what I loved most about Bob, his willingness to invest tons of time with anyone even me back when I was a teenager.
Many times when I think back to the good old days spending time with Bob and Gretchen I am reminded and often convicted by both their humility as servants of God and their passion to reach people with the gospel.
I will always be grateful to Bob because he helped me think critically about my old Calvary Chapel doctrine. Because of Bob, I became amillennial and even better a Missouri Synod Lutheran (Mireya and I became members in 1998) and now I am almost done studying for the Ministry at the Fort Wayne Seminary campus. I know that Bob along with my seminary training has made me be a much better theologian and I will be eternally grateful for that.
-Ross and Mireya Johnson
PS. One of my favorite memories of Bob is about 8 years ago when I housesat for the Passantinoís, and they had gone to the cornerstone festival. Gretchen gave me a complete list of things to do and know about the house, Bobís only instructions were about the gas main, incase of a fire. Bob had an absolute fear of fire (because of his books) and reminded me about 10 times within an hour conversation of what to do incase of a fire.
My second favorite memory was New Yearís Eve 1996 when we had a party at Bobís house and I ended up spending the night because the conversation went so late.
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