News coming out of Southern California this morning:
Chuck Smith, the evangelical pastor whose outreach to hippies in the 1960s helped transform worship styles in American Christianity and fueled the rise of the Calvary Chapel movement, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, after a battle with lung cancer. He was 86.
My feelings about his theology, the institution that has grown around his church, and his politics are mixed, but Mr. Smith did impact many lives in a positive way, was influential in evangelical circles, and helped to usher in the idea of the megachurch here in the States.
He also converted me to Christianity, so I will always remember him fondly for that.
Rest in peace. Prayers for his wife and family.