|image: Billy Frank Alexander|
Dr. Larkin, one of my favorite seminary professors, died of cancer in 2014.
Perhaps the most intelligent man I've ever known, Larkin devoted his life to knowing and teaching God's Word. Bible study was his passion and his "hobby."
He read directly from the Greek New Testament in class, seamlessly translating as he spoke, and he was on the team that translated Acts for the New Living Translation.
But he transmitted far more than genius and intelligence in his classes. He also transmitted humility and grace.
He never pushed his non-essential doctrines in classes, and when arrogant students challenged his perfectly researched lectures, he responded kindly, as if they were his peers (which they weren't).
Dr. Larkin was not simply a teacher of the Word, he was a humble doer of the Word (James 1:22-25).
What a wonderful legacy--one I'd like to have.
* Dr. Larkin called Acts "2nd Luke" because Luke and Acts are two consecutive letters written for a person named Theophilus. (Luke 1:1-4 & Acts 1:1-2).