Coming on the heels of Phil Johnson’s announcement of his retiring from blogging, it is with sadness that I report that I’ve been notified by Lyn of Saved by Grace (and confirmed by Lane Chaplin on his Facebook page), that retired blogger, Jim Bublitz, has passed away.
Bublitz, who retired from blogging due to illness in 2008, was one of, if not the blogger, who inspired me to enter the world of blogging. In fact, Jim’s blog, Old Truth, was the first Christian blog (along with Ingrid Schleuter’s Slice of Laodicea) that I came across and was the inspiration and impetus behind the blog you are reading right now.
You can still read Jim’s blog (which I encourage you to do) at OldTruth.com.
I do not know any further details of Jim’s passing, but I’m certain more information will come out in the next few days.
Please keep the Bublitz family in your prayers.
I remember commenting on his website years ago, and was quite sad when he had to close the website due to ill health.
But he certainly cannot lose out. No Christian can. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
He is with the Lord. No complaints.
It is sad to see a man of God passes away; at the same time, for believers passing away, we know they are at a better place and that the hope of Jesus Christ is real for our salvation. Moments like this makes us very sober and even at this moment, I can imagine all his works (including internet ministry) is not in vain but an offering to the LORD.
I had the pleasure of a few short communications with Jim. He was a genuine lover of God who knew about sovereign grace poured out on sinners. ‘Tis bittersweet news, though we are sorrowful at the news of his passing, we who know Christ are confident that being with Him is a far better place than this present age can offer.
Thank you for your kind words about Jim. This is Jim’s pastor writing. Jim suffered throughout his life from a very painful bone condition which left him in the end with over seventy confirmed broken bones throughout his life. Due to another genetic quirk he also developed Non-Alcoholic Cirrhosis of the Liver, and he died Sunday night of advanced liver disease.
Jim’s suffering was acute, but his cheerfulness as a servant of God was legendary among those who knew him. I can scarcely say what grace God gave him as a Christian, as a father and husband, and as a dedicated churchman.
Thank you also for the prayers for his family; Jim’s wife and both of his daughters love the Lord and are walking with Him.
tj – thanks for stopping by. Had no idea you were Jim’s pastor – only know you from your posts on Pyro. Blessings in Christ and may the Lord continue to use you to proclaim His Truth in every venue.
Jim was one of the kindest people I knew – he was a true gentle man.
He was intelligent but he never allowed his knowledge to make him cynical or unkind.
In spite of all the handicaps he faced in his life, Jim had the ability to see the world from a unique perspective. Jim had his health problems – yes – but he turned his limitations into opportunities that allowed the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest. He was humble, humble enough to know that whatever he would accomplish in his lifetime would only be a fraction of the entirety of God’s plan. Although Jim knew he would never see all the end results of all he’d done in his lifetime, it didn’t discourage him because He knew the difference between The Master Architect and the worker. Jim was simply a worker, not an architect, not a messiah. He was a caring benefactor of a future not his own. May he now be called to the One who sits above the seraphim, to the supper of the Lamb. May he be called to the glory of the blessed, and to perpetual light and rest.
To all of you who have been so kind to my brother-in-law in word and deed, may God bless you and keep you, and may He let His face shine upon you. Go with God.
I never met Jim Bublitz. I was introduced to his website about a year and a half ago.. I began reading his material and was truly blessed. He has a vault of riches stored up there. I’ve learned much from him and thank God for how Jim has blessed the world.
It’s tough whenever a Christian passes away.. My mother had non-alcoholic cerrosis of the liver. She somehow received a taintned blood transfusion from Turkey when she had surgery while my dad was in the army.
I know how sick it can make a person as I watched my own mother..
I miss her so but I’m happy that her suffering is no more. It is a bittersweet reality because of the temporary separation–But Jim going home to be with the Lord is such a blessing–Rest brother forever from your hard labor and enjoy the glory of the Lord ~
Here are the details on Jim’s funeral, complete with some audio files: http://tinyurl.com/bwdnxku
Sorry for posting a link, but it’s too an almost-non-existent blog. I don’t think I can be accused of trolling for traffic.
I listened to the eulogy…what a blessing. Thank you so much for providing the link, it is the best thing I have heard and the most encouraging words that I have listened to. Words cannot express how much this eulogy blessed me, it was an honor to hear the words of Gary concerning our dear brother. I do recommend others visit the link and listen to this eulogy as well.
Again, thank you for this, it puts everything into proper perspective.