We have just received word of the passing of Chuck Colson at 3:30pm April 21st. He was 80 years old. His wife and family were all by his side. You may have known that last week while he was speaking he took ill. When taken to the hospital, they discovered a pool of clotted blood on the surface of his brain.
They performed surgery to remove it and it looked promising after that because he regained consciousness and even talked with the family. I was in touch with Jim Liske, the CEO of Prison Fellowship. Also his personal assistant, Sherrie Irvin, kept us updated.
All of a sudden after an initial progress, Chuck’s condition deteriorated and we have received word of his home going.
Chuck was a prophet for our times. His dramatic conversion after the dark Watergate days was almost Paul-like. His courage to share the Gospel with clarity and his deep concern for our deteriorating society were ever at the heart of his thinking. Truly, Chuck was a bold witness for our Lord.
He was always an encouragement to me. It was because of him that I wrote “Can Man Live Without God”. He called me after the Harvard lectures and literally pleaded that I put it into print.
Interestingly, just a week before he took ill, he and I were on the phone discussing the vital issues facing America. I even taped a half hour program with him on his popular program “Break Point”. Little did we know he would be with his Savior in a few days. The Savior he loved so dearly and served with passion.
Please pray for Patty and the family. We will miss him from the battlefield as we serve our Lord. But his worries for this world are over. I will miss his heartfelt encouragement so much.
With fond memories,
For more information about Chuck Colson visit www.chuckcolson.org.