Bill was given 3-5 years to live. The doctor’s confirmed he had ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Bill and his wife Mary talk about God’s faithfulness, the disappointments, and the incredible thing Bill has been empowered to do—20 years after his diagnosis.
A trove of lost sermons from the late great Charles Spurgeon have been found. Dr. Christian George joins us to talk about this amazing discovery.
In late October of 1996, just weeks after his 36th birthday, Bill Sweeney was diagnosed with a terminal disease called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The diagnosis that he had 2 to 5 years to live came as a complete surprise because he had always enjoyed such great health. Within a year, Bill could no longer walk or talk and had to resign from his job. Even though ALS has drastically impacted his life and that of his wife and their two daughters, Bill doesn't believe anyone should allow a disease or any life-challenge to define who they are. He blogs regularly to pass along some of the lessons he's learned through the course of this trial, helping others avoid some of the detrimental (hope-stealing) mistakes he has made.
Christian T. George is assistant professor of historical theology and curator of The Spurgeon Library at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO.