I was delighted to see a headline this evening announcing that President Bush has nominated Dr James Holsinger to become the next surgeon general of the United States. I’m not much of a Bush fan admittedly, but there are a handful of things I’m really with him on. This is one of those things.
Dr Holsinger is a devoted Christian and a United Methodist. He was chair of Asbury Theological Seminary‘s board of trustees during my two terms as student body president at Asbury (and therefore, student representative on the board). His resume is impressive to say the least and he’s got a brilliant mind. But he’s also simply an exceptional disciple of Jesus. One of his daughters is a friend of mine from seminary days, and I remember meeting him in an Introduction to the New Testament class during my first semester. I had to be told he was chair of the board of trustees. One year, I was around Wilmore over Thanksgiving holiday. The Holsingers invited me and a few other seminary folks in a similar situation over for Thanksgiving dinner. You’d think we’d been around for years from the easy hospitality and generous presence they offered.
Dr Holsinger is a remarkable leader and I will be praying for his swift confirmation.