Who Is Eutychus?

Eutychus_BoyEutychus 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)

Welcome to Eutychus! My name is Les Bollinger and I live with my wife, Helen, in Lexington, Kentucky. We have 3 daughters, 12 grandchildren, and 6 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 healthcare finance as a decision support analyst. I am a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (B.A.), George Washington University (M.B.A.), and 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 like chess, but I play poorly. And I love University of California Golden Bears football, but they often play poorly. But hope springs eternal: Cal Bears fans are the Chicago Cubs fans of college 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 this I do: forgetting what lies behind, and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14, 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.