Fred Craddock: Beloved Preacher Dies At Age 86

Beloved preacher Fred Craddock has died at the age of 86. Although his cause of death was not disclosed, Craddock suffered with Parkinson's disease, and his health had recently declined. The Blue Ridge, Georgia, resident was a humble man, but he was known as one of the most influential preachers in the world.

Often referred to as a "preaching genius," Rev. Fred Craddock was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He was specifically well-known for developing a unique, and effective, approach to preaching.

— Clayton Oliphint (@pastor_clayton) March 8, 2015

— Earle J. Fisher (@Pastor_Earle) March 7, 2015

Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor discussed the preacher's unique style in her book The Collected Sermons of Fred B. Craddock.

"He assumes from the start that we are capable of attending to the text... dealing with open-ended stories, and drawing our own conclusions. He does not tell us what he is going to tell us, and then tell us what he told us."

— Beau Underwood (@beauunderwood) March 6, 2015

"He simply spoke of the gospel so compellingly that I wanted know more -- about the way of life he was describing, about why his words struck me with such force and about how I could learn to use language that way, too."

The beloved preacher will be remembered for his compassion, humility, and wisdom. As reported by United Methodist Reporter, Rev. Fred Craddock's funeral will be at the Cherry Log Christian Church on Monday March 9, at 2:00 p.m.

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