Chuck Swindoll’s Great Goal in Life

Greg Strand – January 7, 2014 2 Comments

Chuck Swindoll has been a faithful preacher and minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ for many years. Though approaching 80 years of age, he continues to preach the Word on a weekly basis as the senior pastor at Stonebriar Community Church.

A couple of years ago I read one of Swindoll’s final goals in his life. He was speaking at the Thomas Road Baptist Church pastors’ conference and stated his great goal (captured in The Orlando Sentinel, May 20, 2010):

One of my great goals in life is to live long enough to where I am in the pulpit, preaching my heart out, and I die on the spot, my chin hits the pulpit—boom!—and I’m down and out. What a way to die!

For any who know Swindoll, this is vintage. For those who do not, this explains what you have missed.

I know a friend who was a retired Baptist pastor. He continued to serve the Lord faithfully through serving in a local EFC church. One Sunday morning as he was teaching in a class of adults, he died. I remember hearing this: I grieved and rejoiced at the same time. He died while teaching the Word of God. In fact, he actually experienced Swindoll’s goal.

Though we do not choose or determine when or how we die, as most preaching pastors think about the end, this is likely what comes into mind – dying, being ushered to be with the Lord while preaching the Word of God – preaching the Word inscripturated one second, and being with the Word incarnate the next.

As a pastor/preacher/teacher of the Scriptures, what a way to go!

Greg Strand


Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

2 responses to Chuck Swindoll’s Great Goal in Life

  1. Hi Greg,

    I got the same sense of awe watching a clip Chuck Smith, fighting cancer, preach his last sermon last summer. A couple of days ago I watched Dallas Willard, obviously not well, speaking to an apologetics conference at BIOLA.

    Both inspired and challenged me. We should all be blessed with the opportunity to serve so well for so long.

    • Thank you for your comment, Craig. There are many others who have “fought the good fight” (2 Tim. 4:7). May we, by God’s grace, be numbered among them, for God’s glory.

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