‘Experiencing God’ author missing since Thurs.

by W. Winston Skinner

Evangelistic leader Henry T. Blackaby, who has spoken in Coweta County several times, is missing.

Blackaby, 78, is best known as the author of “Experiencing God” and the related publications and materials. In 2008, he spoke to the Western Baptist Association pastors in the old sanctuary at First Baptist Church and at Mills Chapel Baptist Church.

A statement on the Blackaby Ministries International website on Friday afternoon stated Blackaby had not been seen since 4 p.m. Thursday. “He is a Type 2 diabetic and may be disoriented and unable to find his way home,” according to the website.

Volunteers have been organized to look for Blackaby who lives at Rex in Clayton County with his wife, Marilynn. The website directed people interested in helping look for Blackaby to call Melody at 205-612-4023.

Blackaby is the founder and president emeritus of Blackaby Ministries International. Born in British Columbia, Blackaby served in several church roles and pastored churches in California and Canada He studied English and history at the University of British Columbia as an undergraduate and earned his bachelor of divinity and masters of theology degrees from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.

“Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God,” first published in 1990, has sold 7 million copies and has been translated into more than 45 languages.

In his talk to local pastors in 2008, Blackaby said, "Many pastors have become administrators of religious activity. You need to have the heart of God firmly fixed in your heart. …We can become so busy with so many things we can't even hear the voice of God."

He said Christians need to make a difference in society. "You and I are the salt. You and I are the light," he said. "This is a crucial time for those who are the called for God — for those who have been called to spend time with God.”

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