With the Christian world continuing to mourn the loss of the Rev. Steve Hayner, a pastor, author and the former president of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, friends and loved ones have spoken out about the faith leader‚Äôs stellar character and unbridled bravery as he publicly battled terminal cancer over the past year.
Hayner opened his blog post on May 27 with scripture from Romans 5:1-5, a portion of the New Testament that speaks about being justified by faith, while also touching upon the peace that believers can find through Jesus Christ.
Most notably, though, the scripture also mentions the trials that believers will go through ‚ÄĒ troubles that, though oft-times painful, can bring about ‚Äúpatient endurance‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúmature character.‚ÄĚ
After sharing the scripture, Hayner said that the words were particularly relevant to him, writing: