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Tom Ascol, the “Teflon Don”

Or, “Mud never sticks to a man of integrity.”

I’ve reflected quite a bit tonight on the BP News article about the Late, Great Debate (see previous post), and I think that I have come out of this with a single conclusion. Tom Ascol is the “Teflon Don.” My respect for him has just increased at least tenfold.

In a debate that has been downright nasty, Tom Ascol has been the model of integrity, humility, and peacemaking. He has shown what a gracious spirit looks like. If you did not have a good level of respect for him before the events that brought about the debate fiasco, you ought to have it now.

Thank you, Tom Ascol, for modeling for a young pastor like me – and many others of my generation – what true biblical integrity looks like. You have been a concrete example of Proverbs 22:1 and Romans 8:31-39. No controversy, slander, or untruth can undermine us in the eyes of our Lord and others if we have committed ourselves to integrity in Christ. May we seek to imitate you, and in so doing, imitate Christ.

  1. October 18, 2006 at 3:21 pm

    I just want to say “AMEN” to everything you said. This is an example for us all, especially in ministry: do the right thing with the right attitude and it will pay off in the long run. It takes courage and conviction to do such thing, but that is what we need among our pastors. May God bless Tom Ascol for being such a blessing to us.

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