Who Is Eutychus?

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“Eutychus” by Elizabeth Slovan

Welcome! If you are curious about the name of this website, read on:

Eutychus means “fortunate one” in Greek, and you can read about him in the Bible:

And a young man named Eutychus, sitting at the window, sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer.  And being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead.  (Acts 20:9, ESV)

My name is Les Bollinger and I live with my wife, Helen, in Lexington, Kentucky. We have 3 daughters, 12 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. It is my privilege to serve as an elder at Providence Community Church. We moved to Lexington from Beaver, Pennsylvania where I had served as pastor of Beaver Baptist Church from 2004 to 2012. Now I work in the field of health care finance as a decision support analyst. I studied economics at the University of California at Berkeley (B.A.), international business at George Washington University (M.B.A.), and biblical and theological studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.).

In my spare time I enjoy reading, mostly biblical theology, but also fiction: spy, crime, legal and historical novels. I enjoy playing chess and watching University of California Golden Bears football.

But most basically, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, that is, I seek to know Christ and follow him, and to help others know and follow him as well.

Like Eutychus, I am truly fortunate—blessed to be more accurate. And, like Eutychus, I think I will be better remembered for my failings and falls than for my successes and achievements. But in the meantime, I’ll keep plugging away:

We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. (John 9:4, ESV).

Again, like Eutychus, I have been known to get sleepy during sermons.  For that matter, people have been known to fall asleep during my sermons. Fortunately, no one has died yet.