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As many of you probably know, Bill died late last night. The memorial service will be at Park Street Church in Boston this Saturday at 5 p.m. Here is a blog post from the Stuntz family with the news.

Even with all of the forewarning, it’s still a great shock. All day I found myself thinking of questions I wish I could ask Bill. I’ve never seen anyone live out Jesus’s call to love others as we love ourselves the way Bill did. He was of course hugely influential as a scholar and teacher, but I think he may have touched even more hearts by writing, speaking and sharing about his struggles with cancer and debilitating back pain.
 
As it turns out, I’m in Rome, and found myself standing before the great Giotto painting in the Vatican that shows the deaths of Peter and Paul in the lower frames, and their perfect heavenly bodies worshipping God above.   I have to imagine that those who have suffered greatly in the flesh will have more joy than anyone in their resurrected bodies.
 
I’ll link to a number of tributes and other materials in the coming days and weeks.   In the meantime, I, like many of you, will be giving thanks for Bill’s life and praying for his family and everyone whose life he touched.

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A loss for us all.

Professor Stuntz was an inspiration to many of us who did not have the opportunity to know him personally but have known of his life, work, and testimony. I'm thankful to the Lord for his example of a life well lived to the glory of God. Our prayers our with his family and many friends in this time.

Bill's blog was filled with more honesty than anything I have read on cancer. He is an inspiration to people like me with stage 4 cancer. I look forward to meeting him on the other side.
That tribute by HLS is also great.

I came across Professor Stuntz's writings on this blog right after my Mother's death. He never realized what a profound impact he had on me, since I never met the man.

At the time, I reflected that, "in my own experience with loss, I recognize how important it is for those who remain behind to share in the suffering of the stricken one. The dénouement that sometimes is slow in coming, and which eventually affects us all, can help us prepare for the inevitability of death, and put things in perspective: that is, truly understand what is significant and what is not. This is something that I, for certain, have failed to distinguish repeatedly.

The sufferer may not realize it, in the midst of his pain and suffering, but the impact of his predicament has a ripple effect on those who love him, and, for the most part, makes the witness a better person for it.

Faith does play an integral part on all of this. Nihilism brings only despair."

My deep condolences to his family and friends.

Precious in the sight of the Lord
Is the death of His godly ones.
Ps. 116:15

Although this is the way of all flesh, it is still not easy. There is little that can be said to those left behind to grieve at times like this. But we have the assurance that those that have gone before us are at last pain free and in the company of Him that gave His life for them. My mother went Home last year, after 4 years of coming to grips with being a widow, fighting depression and being victorious though God's grace. For nearly all her life she chose to stand in the shadows and let my father be in the limelight. She thought she had noting to give, but at her funeral it was clear that dozensof lives had been touched by her love and her faith in Jesus. The pain will go, the tears wil dry up but the memories do not fade. God bless those that grieve. Be comforted - Bill is in a far far better place. As I wrote on the card for my Mum's funeral - "home at last". God Bless you all. Love in Christ - Phil

Well done, good and faithful servant; . . . enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Bill's battle with cancer was not in vain, his influences will continue to live on through his friends and family.