Because of the state tournament - my parenting and coaching responsibilities - I won't arrive in North Carolina today for the celebration of the life of Landon Saunders
The people who organized it told me that Landon
only had one request when they told him they were doing it: he
preacher to speak on Sunday morning. (I'm sure that story is hyperbolic, but it still means a lot to me.)
When I was a college student at Harding University
from '74 to '78, Landon
came through several times.His
faith, and his
voice captivated me.Later I got ahold of the lectures on preaching that he
gave at ACU
in the '70s.
.Our dear friends James and Marla Walters moved from AR to NH to work with Heartbeat, and it was through them that we became so close to Landon.
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I've been connected to Landon
in much the same way since my Harding days as well.I remember him coming through Searcy and I recall the same impact you describe.My friendship with Landon
has grown and deepened across the years through my connection with Brant Bryan, Don Williams, Tim Minnix and James Walters.
The Personal and Community Empowerment materials that Landon
and James developed are being used in our community organizing efforts in the city right now.
has encouraged me in countless ways across the years.I was able to be at the retreat last year and it meant everything to me.Landon
is a jewel. . .one of a kind for sure.
just blew me away.It was a real turning point in my spiritual formation.I can only remember vaguely the content of the messages, but can vividly remember his
energy, enthusiasm, his
openness to us.The power of his
voice when he
really got revved up.I even think he
had hair back then, or at least a comb-over!Then in about 1974 a Bible study group meeting at my house had him over, just to probe his
very patiently answered many questions, and I still am in awe that he
made himself available to searching young people, acted like he
had all the time in the world.
Looking forward to news of the state tournament.
I was involved in many aspects of the event and therefore involved with Landon
totally impacted that high school student.Since then, his
life and mission has cast a long shadow over my life.Landon
is truly a special gift to humanity and to God's kingdom.
After that I heard the name of Landon Saunders
everywhere and have continued to hear the stories of his
life and impact.
grew up about an hour south of my home so the stories he
tells of his
boyhood in West Virginia always resonated with me.
But more than that, it is the acceptance that he
offers to people that has had the greatest impact on my life.
I have met him also and always I am moved by the Spirit that lives in Landon
has challenged us to live beyond the scriptures and to be real.He
keeps telling us that relationships are important and how we treat each other in those relationships is important.I love, love, love Landon's smile.
If Heaven has a radio station, no doubt Landon
will have the gig as the #1 DJ!I could never get tired of listening to his
wonderful voice.What a spiritual giant!His
life surely is one that needs to be celebrated!
Alice wrote on July 21, 2006 at 9:23 am Landon taught the first class at McKnight Road in the Vanguard courses.
I remember him coming through here from time to time.I, too, do not remember the exact lessons that he
taught, just that it was different kind of Christianity that I had only seen scattered here and there before.
Karen wrote on July 21, 2006 at 9:37 am
Not having lived in that neck of the woods, my exposure to Landon
was through the "Heart of a Fighter" videos back in the '80s.I loved his
But does anyone else here ever think of Landon
when they see Colin Mochrie (of Whose Line Is It Anyway?).
I think the first time I ever saw the guy, I was immediately reminded of Landon
David wrote on July 21, 2006 at 9:54 am Phyllis, my wife, had the privilidge of having Landon as a teacher for New Testament Survey at ACU for the 1974 fall semester.This may have been the only time he was an adjuct professor.
Wouldn't that have been cool?!
Steve Jr. wrote on July 21, 2006 at 10:23 am
When I think of Landon Saunders
, I first think of the time when our family was visiting his
home in NH and he
gave my brother and me (we were maybe 9 and 6) each a crisp $5 bill to spend "however we wanted."That'll impact a kid's life, that's for sure…
Landon loves kids.Throughout our childhood growing up in New England, guys like Landon
and Stanley Shipp were in and out of our lives - sometimes with years in between visits - but picking up right where we left off.
Even though Landon
has been a lifelong bachelor, he
impacted the lives of so many young couples that many named a child after him.
I was a student at ACU
gave the messages you mentioned.
I became a follower of Jesus within a week of hearing Landon
for the first time in 1973 in Memphis.I had never heard Jesus presented the way Landon
presented him.How could anyone not want to follow Jesus even into the depths of hell?I thought.He
has impacted my life for more than 30 years now, and I am proud to say he
has impacted the lives of my two sons as well.Long live Landon!
One more thing…does anyone know what Greg Ross, former colleague of Landon
, is doing and where he
inspired a lot of us with those messages!
The 7 lectures ("Wolf" etc.) presented by Landon
are the best "Theology of Preaching" that I know of in any form.If I remember correctly, they were the first in the annual (September)series "Lectures on Preaching" arranged by the late J. D. Thomas.Over the years many "Landonisms" have succintly encapsulated for me thoughts worth chewing on, much like the parabolic style of Jesus.Perhaps Landon
, the life-long bachelor, understood and followed the advice he
gave young people struggling to know God's will for them concerning marriage: "Marry - unless you have to."
I do believe that Landon
is one of the very few speakers I have ever listened to without once looking at my watch…Can't say that about too many people whether he
was preaching when I was in college, speaking at the Leadership Barteltt Forum
or at the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
.Praise God for Landon
and the many lives he
has touched and for the opportunities that I have had to be among them!
Alice wrote on July 24, 2006 at 10:17 am
I got to talk to Landon
before a Jubilee class one time, a few of us were early and waiting for the rest to show up.
I, too, was profoundly shaped by the messages and character of Landon
In the middle of answering all our questions, Landon
got up, went to the coffee machine, and went around the table pouring coffee for all of us.
Another great moment- when I lived in Connecticut, I was blessed to attend his
"Academy of Ideas" retreat in Vermont.1989, I believe.After one of the evening sessions, he
took me and a friend out to dinner.Insisted on buying the meal.
Any idea where someone could get hold of those lectures of Landon's?I've had a small chance to meet with him at the two Walters girls weddings, and he
appears a wonderful, hearty, joyful man.