Reflections from Beyond the Pulpit – A Moment with Senior

by Stan Hudson who served as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor for 38 years and is currently the Director of Creation Ministries at the North Pacific Union Conference

As a security officer at Andrews (they thought we seminary students were more mature than other college students—HA!), it sometimes fell to us to use the patrol car and give rides to various special guest speakers for the campus.

On one occasion I was to give a ride to H.M.S. Richards Sr. so he could give a chapel talk to the seminarians.  The standing concern was that perhaps “this would be his last year.”  Those concerns continued year after year after ….

Anyway, I thought since I had this great man of God riding with me and all to myself, what powerful question could I ask?  What sort of wisdom could this starry-eyed young preacher receive to inspire him for a life in pastoral ministry??

So I nervously asked, “Elder, what will it take to finish the work?”  And without a single moment of hesitation he exclaimed “Lock up all the pastors!!”

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