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Dr. Sidney Roberts

Monday I joined so many of the saints of the Central Texas Conference in paying tribute to one of the true giants of CTC – Dr. Sidney Roberts.  Dr. Mike McKee, Rev. Henry Radde, and Rev. Randy Wild each spoke with grace and eloquence  (intermixed in delightful humor) of Dr. Roberts’ work and witness in our midst.  As a late comer among you, I had met Dr. Roberts a few times but did not have the privilege of truly knowing him.  For that lack I find myself impoverished but I also know the blessings of reaping the benefit of so much of his ministry. Rev. Wild shared the title of Dr. Roberts’ first sermon:  “The Greatest Question.”  Sidney preached on Acts 16:25-35; the story of Paul and Silas offering salvation to the Philippian jailer.  “The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas.Then he brought them outside and said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ They answered, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.’ They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house” (Acts 16:29-32).  Sidney shared the word of the Lord by his life and ministry. Today I am in Chicago serving as a member of the Council of Bishops’ (COB) Unity Task Force.  We are engaged in a church form of shuttle diplomacy with members of the Common Witness (a coalition of groups seeking to change the churches’ stance on human sexuality) and a coalition of various renewal groups (The Confessing Movement, Good News, etc.) seeking to maintain the current verbiage.  I appreciate the deep faithfulness of all involved, experience deep pain for all engaged, and pray hard.  Careful listening and prayerful dialog are exhausting.