21 February 2010

Dr Bruce L Shelley

Our brother and teacher, Dr Bruce Shelley has gone to be with our Lord on February 20, 2010. I had the privilege of learning from him, both as a scholar and as a friend. His most popular book, Church History in Plain Language, has been used in numerous classrooms and churches across the world. A long-time staple at Denver Seminary, Dr Shelley has impacted the lives of countless believers who have been strengthened and enriched by his work.

I will always remember that it was he who taught me: The best part of the Reformation was that it put the Bible in the hands of ordinary people; the worst part of the Reformation was that it put the Bible into the hands of ordinary people.

He was a humble and joy-filled Spirit, who shared the love of Christ with those who crossed his path. May his family be given God's peace through this season.

From Denver Seminary:
Dr. Bruce Shelley is the senior professor of church history and historical theology at Denver Seminary. He joined the faculty in 1957.

He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and received a theological degree from Fuller Seminary. He also attended Columbia Bible College.

Dr. Shelley has written or edited over twenty books, including Church History in Plain Language, All the Saints Adore Thee, The Gospel and the American Dream, Theology of Ordinary People, and The Consumer Church. He serves on the editorial advisory board of Christian History and has published numerous articles for magazines and encyclopedias. He served as consulting editor for InterVarsity’s Dictionary of Christianity in America. He is a corresponding editor of Christianity Today and has published articles in Encyclopedia Americana, Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, and New International Dictionary of the Christian Church.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dr. Shelley was the greatest teacher I ever experienced, in over 20 years of education. I can never forget his passion, as he had us act out dramas from past church history, and as he cried over our poor performance on a test. We felt so awful that we had let him down, and not recalled every bit of his passionate teaching. He greatly affected my subsequent 25 years of teaching in Christian schools. I look forward to greeting him again,in eternity. C. Deerhake Jakes