The following remarks were prepared for Clayton Bell's memorial service yesterday at Highland Park Presbyterian Church.Clayton Bell has been our beloved leader at Christianity Today. For 25 years I've experienced his faithfulness, wisdom, commitment—and marvelous sense of humor. A month ago Paul Robbins and I flew to Dallas to confer with Clayton on major CTi changes. As usual he gave wise counsel, lots of encouragement and some great stories. Often we've sat in Clayton's office during crisis or opportunity, strategizing and seeking God's will. I was always impressed by the books on his shelves, hundreds of them, not just on theology but many disciplines. Books deep, informed and hopeful. Like Clayton.We could always count on Clayton to do whatever it took. A few weeks ago, because of a change of plans, Clayton volunteered to fly standby to our Chicago board meetings. He ended up sitting here at the airport for hours, but no complaints. When he finally arrived at our meetings, despite fatigue, his huge smile was intact.Many of you know that Billy Graham and Clayton's father, L. Nelson Bell, together founded Christianity Today. In its nearly fifty years of distinguished history, only three men have been chairman: the renowned Harold Ockenga, Billy Graham, and Clayton Bell. Clayton gave us vital leadership during years of steady growth as we added many magazines and developed a major Internet site. Clayton has truly honored his father's legacy!Many of us remember Clayton's joyous retirement dinner just this past January. I was privileged to sit with the family, and I thought, how remarkable! What a heritage this family has! And what a remarkable church he and Peggy have led. Such joy and blessings come only from long-time ...1
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