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March 6, 2009

A Panegyric to Daniel B. Pecota (1929-1997) Introduction to the Series “Seeking the Face of God”

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A Panegyric to Pecota

Introduction to the Series “Seeking the Face of God”

by Peter W. Dunn

Friday, May 17, 2002

This week I have busied myself by editing a series of taped messages by Dr. Daniel B. Pecota, entitled “Seeking the Face of God”. At my invitation, Dr. Pecota delivered this series on January 6-9, 1989, at a retreat of the University Christian Ministries of British Columbia, Canada.

Daniel Bruce Pecota, DMin, was my favorite professor at Northwest College of the Assemblies of God in Kirkland, Washington, where I attended from 1982-85. He taught Greek, Systematic Theology, and Principles of Interpretation. I was profoundly marked by his commitment both to academic excellence and to deep Christian piety. At the age of eighteen, I took with him “Basic Christian Doctrine”. Before this course, I had been exposed to both flaky and sound theology, and I was not always sure how to sort out the difference between the two. Pecota’s teaching presented a much needed plumb line of biblical truth, sorting through most of the bad doctrine ever so present in the church, especially in the Pentecostal churches that I had attended. Not only so, but “Doc”—as we affectionately called him—demonstrated to us that Christianity was also a religion that made sense to the mind—it was not something that had to be accepted by blind faith, but it could be investigated and shown to be reasonable to an open mind. Thus, through this one course, he formed in me a foundation for both theology and apologetics. Dr. Pecota so impressed me with the need to study that I later attended Regent College (1986-91) and then University of Cambridge, England (1991-96).

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