Dr. James D. Strauss, Lincoln Christian University

If you’re fortunate, you’ll have a teacher or professor who leaves an indelible imprint on your life.

One of my seminary professors, Dr. Jim Strauss, had that effect on many of his students. Dr. Strauss died this past week and was remembered at LCU on Monday.

I had Dr. Strauss as a professor for only two classes at Lincoln Christian Seminary. In the spring of 1993, I was in Lincoln for my first semester as a student and Jim was in his last as a faculty member. I remember being struck by his room-filling personality, sharp mind, and generous spirit.

As a classroom teacher myself, I still use some of the phrases that Dr. Strauss liberally lobbed about. He’d fill the chalkboard with names and ideas, often abbreviating them, telling the class, “We’ll put this in code so the outsiders won’t know.” And when he’d ask a question and students offered answers that weren’t exactly what he wanted, he’d say, “Well that’s not false…” I’m passing along Dr. Strauss’ legacy, the funny bits at least, to the next generation.

The funeral/celebration service was recorded and is shown below. To get a sense of his personality and wit, scroll ahead to 16:27 and watch Jim playfully respond in an interview from a few years ago.