I am amazed at the number of times people have searched the internet for Peter Ruckman, stumbled onto my kind of negative post, and actually read it. I wouldn’t have thought, a month or two later, that it would ever be read again. So yesterday, I decided I’d give Mr. Ruckman another listen and see if I was completely off base. The answer is “Yes, and no.” No, I was not off base about the zealous, mean-spirited way he defends the King James Bible. It’s borderline cultic, and just really strange. But I watched and listened to one of his chalk talks, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. I do not agree with all of his theology, and I hate that he has no room in it for his own mistakes. BUT, he preached a very powerful sermon about Jesus. 50 minutes almost exclusively about Jesus. Once you got past his opening diatribe, it was a pretty standard sermon, and as cheesy as I thought the chalk board drawing would be, it actually was a handy visual aid. It’s not museum art or anything, but that’s not the point. He did not shy away from hell, and the last 15 minutes were VERY powerful. He talked about how one of his grandkids I think, asked him where his (Ruckman) mother was now. He said the hard thing. That he figures she is in hell (I do not believe “Hell” begins until after the judgment, but I get the gist of the statement). He then stated that he took no joy in that, and his face really backed him up on that. He was in those moments not defending a translation but begging sinners to repent and not go to hell. I was right there with him, and was convicted. He stated, to great effect, that if there is no hell, there is NO POINT IN CHURCH. Amen. Why waste our time? Why waste our money keeping the lights on, the carpet on, the heat/air on? So, the point? He leaves no room for disagreement, even on what some would call non-essentials. He’s bombastic in his tone. He has cultish beliefs about the KJV. But, he delivered a powerful, moving, and helpful sermon that called sinners to repentance and belief in Jesus. He does not mince words, and there is a large part of that I respect. No cowering to political correctness. It was like Mark Driscoll as an old man, minus the wing nut KJV only stuff. I will listen to him again (not that he cares – I am a heretic to him!). I can live with that.