Two days ago, I wrote about how the two great groups of relationships you gain from Bible college are the students and the professors. Yesterday I wrote about a professor who let me live in her home and ordered our class to help me move. Today’s professor wasn’t as grandiose (I’m not sure what more a professor could do than Anita Cooper), but it was very thoughtful.
As I said yesterday, while I’m writing about two specific professors, my guess is that if I had guest writers I could come up with a person to share a story about every professor.
At the time that Bill Jones was my professor he was teaching courses on evangelism. That was the course I took with him. He has published multiple books, and he is friends with Josh McDowell. The year following when I took his course he went on to become to president of the University.
During one section of the course, we discussed different types of churches: traditional, high church, low church, contemporary, seeker, etc. That night I sent him an email where I recommend some books on some current trends in church culture which he did not mention. He was very thankful for my recommendations and ended up purchasing the books I recommended.
Two months later I was walking across campus, and I heard someone yelling my name. I turn around to realize it’s Bill Jones. He pulls a stack of papers out of his pocket and hands them to me. My eyes quickly realize the pages are torn from a magazine.
“I was reading a magazine a couple of days ago and they reminded me of you. So I’ve been carrying them around until the next time I saw you,” he quickly explained before moving.
The soon to be president of the university was reading a magazine, and instantly thought of me. And for multiple days he carried around pages from the magazine for when he saw me next.
For me, that was a really big deal.
Books by Bill Jones