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From something I wrote on Facebook some years ago:
My grandfather, Hal Buckner Boone, was a doctor and missionary and pastor as well as either a regent, board member, or trustee for Baylor University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Liberty University, and the Home Mission Board.
But before there was Hal Buckner there was Claude Leon, his father. If you can believe the internet, he was born in 1885, when the Civil War was still a living memory. (I’m sure this is the sort of information that can be confirmed, but I leave that job to someone else.) Claude Leon was a Baptist Pastor in Texas; other than that, I never knew much about him.
As it turns out, some belongings of Pastor Claude Boone have been preserved by the Boone clan, and are currently housed in the old Hal Buckner homestead in Friendswood, TX. I have not looked through them very systematically, but there are at least 8 notebooks which appear to consist mostly of notes on various Bible passages. Many appear to be his old sermon notes from the 1940s and 30s, about 75 years old!
Now, on the one hand, it’s not good for these documents to just sit under a desk indefinitely, hardly ever looked at by anyone. On the other hand, I don’t know what else should be done with them, and I for one don’t have time to study them very carefully.
So I decided to look over them just a little, photograph some interesting pages, and put them on Facebook for people who might like to get a glimpse at the life and ministry of Pastor Claude Leon Boone. . . .
Now I’m going to use the photos on some Ricochet posts! Just one or two photos per post. I’ll be contributing these to the Quote of the Day series for a while.
Here, we have an evangelism message from Claude Leon. “Why linger?” he asks–why not come to Jesus now? He gives five reasons people wait to commit to following Jesus, and he responds to them.
My apologies that I hadn’t figured out how to take clearer photos in this early stage. But here is some of what I can make out:
One reason is, “I am waiting until I have enjoyed the world enough.” Claude Leon replies with Mark 8:36 (“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”) and Psalm 16:11 (“at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore”).
Another reason is “I am waiting until I am better.” Claude Leon replies with Matthew 9:13: “I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Good sermon stuff, that.Published in