Original Posting At http://revmhj.com/blog//dr-kinlaw-in-memoriam-part-1
Hastily written? Yes. But if I don’t write something down I might forget what I’m feeling and I don’t want to do that.
There are two problems facing me at the moment. The first is that I really need to be doing the edits and revisions on my dissertation project instead of writing this. The second, how do I write this without making it all about me? As to the first, this project has a lot of roots in what I learned and experienced from Dr. Kinlaw. He’s all over the pages I’ve written so this is my 10 minute break. Second, well, as he taught me through Buber’s I and Thou there’s really nothing I can say about him apart from our relationship.
One of the most powerful lessons I’ve ever learned is that the essence of sin is self-interest. I face that self-interest all the time. Every second of my waking hours. Opposing that reality, however, is an even more powerful lesson: God can cleanse the human heart of self-interest.
Both of these lessons I learned from Dr. Dennis Kinlaw who died this morning at 94 years of age.
I write to process and I usually post rough drafts, so I imagine this will be the first in a series of processes I’ll work through this week as we approach Easter. Dr. Kinlaw’s death will add a layer of significance to my
personal preparation for the celebration of the death-defeating event of the resurrection.
My heart hurts over the loss of a genuinely wonderful person who brought much joy and love into my life. But that hurt is massively curbed by the stunning reality that he is in the presence of Jesus, whom he has known intimately since 1935. Mary Fisher, a former student and professor at Asbury Seminary, wrote on her Facebook page, “There are so many things I could say but no-one made me as hungry to know Jesus.” She writes what many of us experienced.
I’m going to try and leaf through, as best I can, some of the notes and journal entries about Dr. Kinlaw during this week and post some more tributes to him. Please pray for his dear sweet family.
Our friend Dennis,
the via salutis now complete,
sees his best friend Jesus
face to face
Some of you may or may not know who Dr. Kinlaw is. I have attached some links below if you want to find out more. I hope your life will be as affected by his as mine was.