SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE
The Life and Legacy of Roger Nicole
David W. Bailey
ROGER NICOLE IS WITH HIS LORD.
This precious saint passed into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 11th at the ripe age of 95. We are confident he heard the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Master."
"This enjoyable biography of Dr. Roger Nicole flows along in a novel-like way, which makes it more than simply a documentation of facts, dates, and events. Truly, this book is a page-turner, and one that, to my pleasant surprise, led me to many smiles and chuckles along the way. Surprisingly, this book is also a theology text. For although the author does not set out to simply list the theological propositions of his subject, the reader finds himself being theologically taught (or at least challenged) by Dr. Nicole as he takes, as it were, a long, leisurely stroll with him. Along with some well-stated tautologies that made me laugh out loud ("Among Protestants it ought not to be a terrible thing to be protesting"), this book was inspirational as well as educational. This is perhaps the most enlightening biography I have ever read and certainly one of the most entertaining. In a genre that this reader has not seen before, Dr. Bailey writes in such a way that one wonders at times where Dr. Bailey stops narrating and Dr. Nicole muses on certain fascinating events in his own life. This blending is seamless as we journey through The Life and Legacy of Roger Nicole, a man who indeed spoke and is still speaking the truth in love." - Dr. Rick Walston
"Have you seen the movie, Forrest Gump, where Forrest ends up being present at all (or many) of the important events of the mid-twentieth century? In the real life of Roger Nicole, it seems that he was there at all of the important events in 20th century Evangelicalism and knew everybody. This is as much a theological summary of Nicole's thought as it is a biography. Much of the book is verbatim reports of personal interviews with Roger. Whether you know him personally or not, anyone interested in theology and biblical studies will find this semi-autobiography to be a fascinating study of this unusual man. Thanks to David Bailey, we will not forget." - Russ Bush, Director, Center for Faith and Culture
"Though Roger Nicole is not as well known as some other Evangelical leaders of the last sixty years, he has played a key role in the formation of what we know as Evangelicalism and rightly deserves to be remembered in the biographical study you are holding in your hands. A Christian with wide reading interests and detailed acquaintaince with the broad sweep of Evangelical theology and history, he has given the Evangelical movement ballast, something so needed in recent days. Read this book and praise God for this extraordinary servant of the Lord Jesus." - Dr. Michael Haykin
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It is a great privilege, and an equally great delight, to introduce David Bailey's excellent biography of my dear friend Roger Nicole to the Christian public.
It was, I think, George Bernard Shaw, Irish journalist and playwright, who used to speak of 'the Chesterbelloc,' meaning the partnership of G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc in their advocacy of a social policy called Distributism. As advocates they appeared to him to be like a doubles team on the tennis court, each actively supporting the other; hence his name for them in their joint effort. Ever since I came to know them, I have thought of Roger and Annette Nicole in the same way, as 'the Rogerannette,' for though they are quite different they form a partnership to which anyone might point to illustrate the egalitarianism of men and women together that Roger so implacably defends. One of my cherished memories is of the day, nearly half a century ago, when they lunched in our home and Annette laid into me with passion for being an Anglican and not a Baptist while Roger, beaming all over his face (and how that man can beam!) sat silent enjoying the fun. They are two of the most warm-hearted, free-spirited, and altogether delightful believers that it has been my privilege to know. So the first thing I want to say about Roger is that he is the front end of a twosome, 'the Rogerannette,' and it remains beautiful to see them together.
The second thing I must say is that for a man of such power of mind, clarity of thought, range of knowledge and strength in argument, Roger's patience and courtesy toward the less well favored is a marvel that has become a legend. He was said when first I knew him to have learned to greet people in something like fifty different languages so that he could always welcome overseas students and make them feel at home. Such sweet pastoral care in the conventional coolness of academia is also the stuff of legend, and deservedly so. No one could ever accuse Roger of throwing his weight about; very much a Swiss gentlemen in style, he is also a gentle man and a great encourager, overflowing with goodwill at all times. He has been a model for me in this, as in so much more.
Roger stands at the head of my private list of persons worth celebrating, and I am sure I am not the only one who would say that. I guess there are thousands who would affirm the same, and I expect the sales of this volume to reflect the fact. Salutation, Roger! We love you in the Lord, and rejoice to see this biographical tribute appear. You deserve every word of it. God bless you, and Annette too.