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In Memoriam: Pastor, Professor, “Papaw”

Arthur M. Ross

November 10, 1925 – June 17, 2014


Dr. Arthur M. Ross, Ph.D., 88, of Lewisville, TX, beloved father, uncle, “Papaw” and noted New Testament Bible scholar and seminary professor, passed away in Plano, Texas on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – in God’s timing – as he was reunited for eternity with his son, Steve, who died in a plane crash on the same day — almost to the hour – 11 years ago.  A life-long minister of the Gospel until incapacitated by a brief illness shortly before his death, he understood from Scripture, “You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe” (Psalm 138: 8).

Born November 10, 1925 to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hastings Ross in Plainfield, New Jersey, Arthur was one of six siblings raised in nearby Scotch Plains.  In the months following the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 17 to serve in World War II.  Two weeks after he volunteered for medic training, his original unit shipped out to Europe and sustained 70 percent casualties in The Battle of the Bulge.  He became a Surgical Tech 3rd grade with the Medical attachment of the 209 Anti-Aircraft Advanced Weapons Battalion, stationed in the Pacific, helping to establish a hospital for American POW’s after the Japanese surrender in 1945.

Arthur first attended Temple University in Philadelphia, and later Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, where he was graduated with a B.S. in Zoology in 1951.  While at Wheaton, he fell in love with Ruth Hanselman; after several summers working together on the SS North American Cruise Ship touring the Great Lakes, they were married Aug. 15, 1952, and would have celebrated their 60th anniversary several months after Ruth’s death in 2012.  Arthur went on to earn his M.A. in Bible Literature from Wheaton College Graduate School in 1957, where he later taught New Testament studies in the 1960s, following five years on the faculty of Faith Seminary in Philadelphia.  While heading up the college credit division of the Moody Bible Institute Correspondence School in Chicago for 18 years, he earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1983.  Before his retirement, he pastored a church in Glen Ellyn, IL and served as a hospital chaplain at Oak Forest Hospital of Cook County for more than a decade; he remained a commended worker for the Brethren Assemblies through Stewards Ministries until his death.

Arthur and Ruth had three sons, Larry, Steve and David; and seven grandchildren.  After living in Wheaton, IL for more than 50 years, they relocated to the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex in Texas to be closer to family. Arthur was a life-long student of the Bible, proficient in Hebrew, Greek and the ancient language of Syriac.  He was admired by all who knew him as an outstanding communicator, able to translate his vast knowledge and understanding of Scripture and complex theological concepts into lay terms.  But he was most renowned for his delightful and profound wit and humorous anecdotes.

Dr. Ross is survived by two sons, A. Larry Ross and wife Autumn of Lewisville, TX and David E. Ross of Wheaton, IL; Julie Ross of Boca Raton, FL, widowed wife of son, Steve Ross; and grandchildren, Ashley Ross, Jorden Ross, Harrison Ross, Richard Ross, Benjamin Ross, McKenzie Ross and Cameron Ross.  In addition to his son, Steve, he is preceded in death by his siblings, including brothers, Everett Ross, Erwin Ross and James Ross; and sisters, Lois Ross and Esther Ross Holmes.

Dr. Ross’s life and legacy will be celebrated at a funeral to be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Edmonds Lane Bible Chapel in Lewisville, TX. An interment ceremony will follow at a later date at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Chapel from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. prior to the Saturday service. For online condolences please visit

Media: Does it Matter?

When was the last time you heard someone complain about “the media”?

I hear criticism of the news media all the time. From disgruntled family members to bloggers to those wonderful rants on social media (everybody has one of those Facebook friends!) People on both side of the fence complain about the bias of the media, and everyone complains about the heated “arguments” on TV news between talking heads. They say the media is negative, biased and only cares about ratings. Maybe, we’d be better off without them.

I’ve heard that sentiment so much, it got me thinking about what this country would look like without television, newspapers, radio and the Internet. Besides the fact that hundreds of people, myself included, would be out of a job, I think most people don’t realize how radically different our world would be without those arguing heads on cable news or those opinion pieces that sometimes make your blood boil.

Without media, I don’t think those people would like how America would look. Consider the fate of other countries who’ve gotten rid of their media: in Syria, journalists have been arrested or killed trying to spread awareness of the atrocities that have occurred.


Look at North Korea, where the government so heavily censors the media that no one knows for sure what currently goes on in that country.


Remember Nazi Germany’s coercive grip on media and propaganda campaign that set the stage for one of the most horrific events in human history.


Media is a litmus test for corruption. Governments that don’t like media almost always have something they want to hide. Leaders who interact with their people through media are typically unable to easily commit the atrocities we see in regimes like Syria or North Korea. The fact that our government is both lauded and criticized in media testifies to America’s reverence for independent thought and action.

The very foundation of America is rooted in the free exchange of ideas, and media is the marketplace: good ideas are praised, bad ideas are vetted and extreme views that could lead to destruction are quickly squashed. Journalists, public relations representatives, editors and anchors hold immense power that is vital to the survival of our way of life. It is not just a job; it is a responsibility. No nation is immune to the evil we have seen, and it is up to every individual – reporters and readers – to protect our free exchange of ideas.


Next time you see an argument on news, try to not just flip the channel. Before you switch to a reality show or ESPN, take a second to appreciate that you live in a nation where it is acceptable to disagree. Arguments can be annoying, but in many nations people are fighting for the basic right to have an opinion, and for that opinion to be heard. Support media and let them know you want to see everyone’s thoughts and beliefs equally represented, and if you don’t see your opinion represented, don’t be afraid to start a blog, or write an op-ed. Never be afraid to contribute your share in America’s rich and industrious marketplace of ideas.