The Legends

This afternoon I got a rare treat. I was paid a visit by a legend in missions in the Churches of Christ–Harry Robert Fox. He was a post-WWII missionary to Japan, and was instrumental in starting Ibaraki Christian college. He's known my family for 50 years, through the Long Beach Church of Christ (formerly the Uptown Church of Christ).

He's 87 now, with the energy of a 20 year-old, and is preparing to retire to Utah. Right now, he's my neighbor down here in San Diego County. How 'bout that? There's only about 55 years and a world of experience between us in age, but we're both just preachers. We had a great talk today, and it was awesome to hear a mini-sermon from Him on the Beattitudes. After preaching the gospel for 69 years, it still captivates His soul. And, I'd give anything to have the energy he has at 87 at 32.

One of many things I love about Churches of Christ is that we have some of the most amazing heroes of faith. So, I'm feeling patriotic today. I'm glad to be a member of the Churches of Christ–the fellowship that produced great missionaries, great preachers, and great people.

Good stuff.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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