"Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted."
How does one write an obituary for someone they never met face to face?!?
Cahnman's Musings heard Pastor Hutch speak one time, at the Under God: Indivisible conference in July 2012. We knew he had performed Rush Limbaugh's wedding and we knew him from Rush's annual Super Bowl interview. Otherwise, he was a blank slate.
For someone we never met, Pastor Hutch had a profound impact on our life. With the (possible) exception of our own Pastor, no one better modeled how to speak the Truth with boldness and love. The Truth might be uncomfortable and unpopular, but the lies will kill you.
Born in the Jim Crow South, Pastor Hutch knew strife. A former NFL star, Pastor Hutch became a football player because it was the one place he could legally beat up white people. He became a Christian his senior year in high school and, over time, God's Holy Spirit burned off his hatred of white people. After he retired from the NFL, Pastor Hutch planted the Antioch Bible Church outside Seattle. He even married a white woman!
Pastor Hutch was the antidote to the watered down preaching that is killing American Christianity. Pastor Hutch understood the difference between meekness and prideful masochism. Cahnman's Musings has been blessed by his guidance in discipleship.
But he's with Jesus now, and we doubt there's anywhere else he'd rather be.
Pastor Ken Hutcherson, 1952 - 2013; Rest in Peace.
Update: Caffinated Thoughts has more here.