December 14, 2017

James A. Smith Sr.





NRB Mourns Passing of R.C. Sproul 

Dr. R. C. SproulWASHINGTON (NRB) – Dr. R.C. Sproul, founder of Ligonier Ministries, went to be with the Lord today (December 14) at the age of 78, the ministry announced.

"He died peacefully after being hospitalized twelve days ago due to severe respiratory difficulties exacerbated by the flu and complicated by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)," reported Chris Larson, president & CEO of Ligonier, a longtime NRB member.

The ministry said it will publish details about the memorial service and provide an opportunity to leave a note of appreciation for Sproul’s ministry at

"This popular teacher is now with the One who loves him most, and we both rejoice for Dr. Sproul and mourn for all who will miss him," said NRB president & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. "For more than five decades, the Lord has used Dr. Sproul to spread the life-changing truths of biblical Christianity and to expose people to the grace and the knowledge of the Lord. From the inquiring skeptic to the growing Christian, Dr. Sproul has impacted countless lives. And so, today, we give thanks to God for his life and for his ministry.” 

An ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, Sproul was heard on the radio program Renewing Your Mind, which is broadcast in the United States and around the world. He wrote more than 100 books, including The Holiness of God and Everyone’s a Theologian. In addition to serving as founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian education and discipleship organization located near Orlando, Sproul was co-pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Florida; chancellor of Reformation Bible College; and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine. He also served as general editor of the Reformation Study Bible.

Earlier this year, Sproul was one of five speakers who delivered an address on a “Sola” of the Protestant Reformation during the annual NRB International Christian Media Convention. Sproul spoke on the topic of “Sola Scriptura” (Scripture alone) – one of five Latin phrases that emerged during the Reformation to summarize the Reformers’ theological convictions about the essentials of Christianity.

In February 2016, Sproul was inducted into the NRB Hall of Fame – NRB’s most prestigious award. The Hall of Fame award is presented to an individual NRB member for invaluable contribution to the field of Christian communications, exhibition of the highest standards, and evidence of faithfulness in Christ

About NRB

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