Like many of you, I was saddened to learn that the “Master Expositor” Haddon W. Robinson has passed away. The church (and the world) will greatly miss his consistent example and call to faithful Biblical preaching. Like many of you, I do, however, rejoice that he now knows The Master he so faithfully preached in a way none of us can on this side of that very permeable curtain that separates this world from the next. He is gone … but he is not dead! As The Master says: “I AM the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die” (John 11:25-26). Passed through to the other side. But not dead. Thanks be to God!
I thought that as a wholly inadequate tribute to Dr. Robinson, I would simply express my gratitude for what the Spirit enabled him to teach us preachers who had the privilege of learning from him. Although I only met him in person once, when I preached for a conference with him sitting in the front row (yikes!), I have read much of what he wrote, and have for the past decades used his classic book “Biblical Preaching” in the courses I have taught for Regent College and Carey Theological College. I have said to many up and coming preachers, “Before you seek to develop a style of preaching unique to the way the Lord has gifted you, read and re-read Robinson, for he will help you get the basics of expository preaching into your soul.”
Three things stand out to me at this time.