The Sweetness of a Friend

God’s love is revealed in the gospel:
In it he tells us some hard truths about ourselves.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014
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On August 7, one of my true heroes, Hank Bryant, died. Hank had battled against cancer for many years and had done so with quiet faith, a playful smile of hope, and incredible patience. That’s the way Hank did everything. Those of you at Stone Hill who knew him will agree.

I came across the following obituary, written by Dale Losch. Dale is the director of Crossway, the organization with which Hank and his wife Alice have served in southeast France since the 70s. It captures Hank well, singling out just a few of the great strengths of his worth remembering and imitating.

Henry “Hank” Bryant could do anything. Really.

He was a writer, penning roughly a dozen evangelistic books and Bible  commentaries. He was an excellent teacher and popular conference speaker. He was such an accomplished student of the biblical languages that he would take sermon notes in Greek.

He was a builder whose handiwork is seen in many of the evangelical churches of southern France. He was a mechanic, a plumber, an electrician.

In spite of his many gifts and accomplishments, he was one of the most unassuming, down-to-earth people you’d ever meet.

Perhaps most surprising of all is that in spite of all his achievements, he was never in a hurry. He always had time for people.

There are those in this world who are great preachers, but not so great with people. There are those who can fix anything, but would shun intellectual pursuits. But rarely, if ever, have I known a man who was all those things and more.

I will miss Hank Bryant. I can’t begin to imagine the loss that his wife, Alice, and their children and grandkids feel. But I was sure blessed to know him.

It has been our privilege at Stone Hill to have supported Hank and Alice monthly since their arrival in France many decades ago. To God be the glory!