As many of you know, former Senior Pastor of Summit Church, Isaac Hunter passed away. Few details are public other than the fact that it was most likely a suicide. When my friends first told me, I must of been in shock because I truly didn’t FEEL the sadness that losing such a friend, mentor, and quite honestly, hero should conjure. Today however, I woke up and felt it. I write this post as a tribute to a man that I, as well as thousands of others truly loved. Isaac, thank you for being one of the heroes in my life. Thank you for baptizing me, for showing me what a man of God truly looks like, even as you were imperfect along the way. You were my friend, and I thank you for helping create a group of people called Church, that I looked forward to every Sunday morning. Your work will continue through the group that you helped Shepherd, and I am comforted that your battles are finally over. I love you brother.
What I learned from Isaac (although may have been borrowed from other originators)
- First and foremost, you have never locked eyes with someone that Jesus didn’t love.
- Relationships matter. Truth matters. What you do with your life matters. You matter.
- Sometimes God shouts and sometimes God yells, but sometimes God whispers so softly that you HAVE to come close to hear Him.
- In a fallen world, pain is inevitable. Misery is optional.
- You have never stooped so low that you are beyond the reach of God’s grasp.
- We give out of a heart of thankfulness and out of an understanding that God has given us the ability to use finite and limited resources to do infinite and supernatural things for the Kingdom.
- You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been.
- You can be right, and do it in a very wrong way.
- Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself. It’s thinking of yourself less.
- God can use imperfect, young, wet-behind-the-ears seminary students and forever change the lives of thousands of people. And He did.