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Faculty Tributes to Dr. Bedore

A Tribute to Dr. W. E. Bedore

by Pastor Andy Kern

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Years ago I made a call to Berean Bible Institute. I was a young man of about twenty years old and felt the Lord had called me into ministry, and I believed that Berean Bible Institute was the place to go to receive training for ministry according to the gospel of the grace of God. When I made that call, I spoke to Dr. Ed Bedore for the first time in my life. Little did I understand then the impact this man of the faith would have on me.

I became a student at Berean Bible Institute in 2001. Immediately I was hearing godly instructors speak to my heart about the character of God, sharing from the Word of God and explaining the truths of grace that Jesus Christ revealed to and through the Apostle Paul. Often, I was blessed to have Dr. Bedore as an instructor. He was the Executive Director of the school at that time. He and his wife Linda seemed to be ever present at BBI, as they both spent long hours in service to the ministry. Dr. Bedore tirelessly studied the Word to prepare for the courses he taught and saw to the administrative, faculty, and maintenance needs of the Institute. To this day I still refer to the notes Dr. Bedore authored for classes, and I have often used them in the classes that I now instruct as a faculty member at BBI.

There are several things that I will always remember about Dr. Bedore. One thing that many of us BBI students from that era remember is how Dr. Bedore would often revisit Romans 5:1-2 as a foundational passage to the Christian life. It seemed like we turned to those verses in every class with him. Another memory is how he would often remark, “That’s interesting” when we discussed ideas and questions in class. Also, I remember when we asked Dr. Bedore a question about Scripture, it seemed he nearly always had an answer from all his study. A particular memory I have comes from his background as an iron worker as he sometimes used ropes to tie knots as an illustration for chapel lessons. And, if I’m totally honest, I remember some of us students would ask questions that sent classes down a rabbit trail, because Dr. Bedore was an avid reader and extremely knowledgeable, so sometimes any number of things might be discussed in a class. All these things stand out in mind as I reflect on how the Lord used him in my life.

I also remember the times I had with him outside of class. I remember discussions about the Word in his office. I remember once helping him strip wax off a floor at BBI with a friend of mine. I remember helping him do some welding repairs on railing at the Institute. I remember once going sailing with he and Linda on their sailboat in Lake Michigan. He had vast array of wisdom and skills, and I simply enjoyed being around him. The point is, he was equally impacting me whether working together, sailing together, or sitting in the classroom.

One especially important thing that I remember is how Dr. Bedore understood that life and ministry were all about Jesus Christ. He impressed upon students that the dispensation of the grace of God was about knowing Jesus Christ personally and making Him known to others, “according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began” (Rom. 16:25 NKJV). BBI was the first place I came across the saying that originally is credited to C. T. Studd, “Only one life, ‘twill soon be past, only what’s done ‘in Christ’ will last.” The last part of that phrase was tweaked by Dr. Bedore from “for Christ” to “in Christ” because he understood that our identity in Christ is central to Christian living, and the life to which we are called is not possible to be lived apart from the indwelling Holy Spirit. Dr. Bedore emphasized the importance of knowing Christ personally in our daily walk.

Dr. Bedore exemplified what he taught. He was immoveable when it came to the Word of God. Any unbiblical teaching that would raise its head was quickly challenged with the truth of the Scriptures. He was also compassionate and sacrificing, having devoted time and energy to various ministries over the years, as well as to individuals. He was never too busy to hear a student’s question or concern, he was there for those he served as a pastor, and he was always willing to help someone understand the Bible better.

While our faith is always to be placed in the Lord, we recognize God places people in our lives to help us know the Lord better. Dr. Bedore was one of those people for me, uniquely impacting me by passing on his passion for Christ, his wisdom in life, and his godly example. I can’t wait to see him again with the Lord.

“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

1 Thess. 4:13-18 (NKJV)

Dr. Bedore’s Wife, Linda, a longtime friend and employee of BBI, has asked for donations in memoriam to be given to support Berean Bible Institute!

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