When Barton was eighteen, in May of 1941, his father was struck with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rapid paralysis, while he was preaching. After losing sensation in his legs he sat in a chair to finish his sermon. He died a few days later, shortly after hearing that Barton was one of fifteen in his junior class of three thousand to be elected to Phi Beta Kappa.Good finish. Preaching; stricken; half-paralyzed; sit down, finish sermon; go to Jesus happy.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
In my reading of Bible Interpreters of the Twentieth Century, I just began reading about one of my favorite OT scholars who died too young, J. Barton Payne. I read this about his father, who was a pastor: