Rev. Brian Kinney, 1947-2012.
Brian Kinney (Rev.) has fallen asleep.
Dear brother Brian was a good combination of crusty editor and loving pastor. Combined they're nearly the ideal of Reformed pastoral care. The editor isn't afraid of saying "wrong" and "no," and the pastor says it with (and from) love. Knowing Brian first in Great Lakes and then Ohio Valley presbyteries, his departure for Nashville was our loss.
Back in 1996 I went through some tough times connected with my second call to a troubled church and Brian was a great encouragement. He had equanimity about troubles and the presence of real sin in others and in me. Still, he gave me his affection and I was strengthened towards repentance and faith. Thank you, Lord, for your kind provision through my dear brother Brian.
There were quite painful things surrounding Brian's final years in Muncie. His senior pastor of the most productive years of his ministry, Petros Roukas, had departed for Lexington a few years prior to committing suicide, there... Thus Brian had the difficult calling of working with the souls who had come to faith under Petros to the end that they would understand the failures of church fathers as part of God's plan of sanctification. There were other difficulties and I know Brian struggled against the sin of bitterness that corrupts so many men and their wives who have given their lives to playing second fiddle as assistant and associate pastors. He talked about his difficulties, but without rancor.
To the end Brian loved God's truth. He was not given to copping postures or self-promotion. His ministry was earthy and he was tenacious for the truth of God's character and Word. In some sweet ways he reminded me of the steel mills of Pittsburgh and the shepherds who came to maturity caring for the men pouring steel there--men like R.C. Sproul and John Gerstner. Put in a dash of Muggeridge and Chesterton and you have it.
If it won't be deemed prayers for the dead, God have mercy on our dear brother's soul.