Lower the flag to half-mast. Another Great American has left this life. -- Dr. Bill Hinson died on December 26, 2004.
As background for this post, in a post dated 12-13-04, I wrote:
"Rev. Bill Hinson, one of the top Methodist ministers in the country, told me once that he spends an hour of preparation for every minute of his sermon. Listening to him you understand why. . . .
"I am a Methodist. Many of you Methodists probably know that Rev. Bill Hinson recently suffered a very serious stroke, and is not doing good. To check on his condition, you can go to http://www.williamhinson.net/ which was updated today. Bill's wife Jean is from Douglas and Bill is from Snipesville, a small community in Jeff Davis County. Keep the Hinsons in your prayers."
My recorder informed me that Dr. Hinson passed away yesterday. A 08-04-04 post entitled "Lower the flag to half-mast -- A Great American has left this life," was about the passing of Manuel Maloof.
The following is the text from Bill's All Saints Day sermon, preached a month before his stroke.
"For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Here indeed we groan, and long to put on our heavenly dwelling, so that by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we sigh with anxiety; not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
"So we are always of good courage; we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. We are of good courage, and would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please Him.
"2 Corinthians 5:1-9."
The Lord has blessed me. I was a FOB. And our First United Methodist Church congregation here in Douglas was indeed fortunate to have had him again as our revival speaker in September 2003.
Lower the flag to half-mast. A great American has left this life.