Saturday, April 21, 2012

Farewell to a Man I Deeply Admired And Sent Me to Prison

Charles W. Colson 1931 - 2012



Today we say goodbye to a giant of a Christian leader and an example of the transformative power of the Gospel. 

As his obituary states, Chuck Colson was a prominent Watergate figure who emerged from the country’s worst political scandal to become a vocal Christian leader and a champion for prison ministry. Chuck spent the last years of his life in the dual role of leading Prison Fellowship, the world’s largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families, and the Colson Center, a teaching and training center focused on Christian worldview thought and application.

I  had the privilege of hearing Chuck share the Gospel with inmates in prisons throughout the country as part of his PR team for more than six years.  In that capacity, I saw first-hand how his ministry changed the hearts of the hardened, brought joy to innocent children and taught so many how Christians should live in this world and transform it according to the Word of God.

Chuck never grew weary in doing good and never forgot that he himself is a sinner in need of Christ. He changed the lives of more--as he liked to say--"sinners behind bars and sinners who haven't gotten caught" than we will ever know. He and his ministry certainly affected mine. You will be missed.

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