October 20, 2023

Merciful People Forgive

“Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord; may your love and faithfulness always protect me.” – Psalms 40:11 When I first started seminary, I studied systematic theology under professor Ray Anderson. At Fuller Seminary, he was a legend as a prolific author of both academic and popular books. I didn’t know this, but he taught the opposite of whatever you believed. If you believed in charismatic gifts, he did not, but if you didn’t believe in charismatic gifts, he did. If you were a Calvinist, he was the opposite, and if you were against Catholics, he was Catholic. In most cases, he simply asked questions and never clued you in on his method of teaching. I remember getting into an argument with him in front of the class to the point where I finally stood up, yelling and quoting the Bible. He was steadily playing a role to see

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