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Faculty Tributes to Dr. Bedore (Lynn)

A Tribute to Dr. W. E. Bedore

by Pastor Justin Lynn

Estimated Time to Read: 3.5 Minutes

When I graduated from Berean Bible Institute, my wife sought to bless me with words of encouragement I could turn to in times of trial and discouragement amidst a life of service and ministry.  To do so, she got all of my instructors and fellow students to write personal messages to me. On the front title page of that now heavily worn Bible, the following message is written in Dr. Bedore’s iconic “ALL-CAPITAL” script (which I’ve also adopted for over 20 years): 

Justin,

Your time here at BBI has been a blessing to me personally and to the school in general.  I pray that what you have learned here will serve as a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning, serving, and growing in grace.  The Lord’s richest blessings of grace to you as you go out and to minister the Word of God on behalf of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Dr. B

1 Cor. 15:57-58

As I reread those words in the reality of Dr. B’s homegoing to his Heavenly Father, I am grateful for how God formatively used this man in my life.  He was not known for flowery or overly emotional words – but, first and foremost, he cared.  He cared for the ministry of BBI, spending countless hours at the BBI campus, tirelessly working and serving behind the scenes.  But he cared for his students as well.  He cared for me personally.  When I first got married, I was an active, full-time student at BBI.  I was wisely counseled to take some time to build the foundations of my marriage and only study part-time.  Solid advice!  When I was ready to re-engage in life at full speed, Dr. B worked with me individually and facilitated several independent study courses between him and me over the summer.  Those courses are nearly some of my favorite, most profoundly impacting courses during my time as a student.  Our weekly meetings sitting over the Word of God for hours are precious to me still to this day. 

Reflecting on those moments, I recognize a second thing I so greatly appreciate in Dr. B – he was a scholar.  He was an extremely well-read and well-versed man of the Word, in academia, theology, and beyond.  Furthermore – he inspired and encouraged me to be the same. If you know me, I have a bit of an academic and “geeky” bent; Dr. Bedore showed me what it could look like when God redeems an academic’s heart for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.

That thought brings me to my final note of appreciation – Dr. B was focused on Jesus Christ alone.  For as brilliant as his mind was and the many facts and figures his brain could hold onto, he never lost sight of what matters the most.  He kept his aim laser-focused upon Christ, Himself, just as the Apostle Paul did (Col. 1:24-29).  He didn’t focus on “-isms” and schisms (though he would swiftly and adeptly deal with them); he focused on the Lord Jesus Christ and directed all his students to do the same.

I am thankful that God used this man powerfully in my life.  I am thankful for the living lesson of His truth that Dr. B was.  I will miss him and look forward to seeing him in glory.  While there are so many more things I would love to say to honor this man of God, I close with his encouraging words to me:

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the word of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

1 Cor. 15:57-58

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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