About Dr. John R. Gunn
John R. Gunn graduated from Mercer University and after seminary served churches in Atlanta, Madison, Nashville, New York and Fort Wayne. Dr. Gunn authored eight books, including At Jesus' Feet, One Hundred Three Minute Sermons, A Lamp Unto My Feet, Snapshots From the Bible, Facing Life, The Battle of Christendom, and Bulwark Never Failing. His last book, Good Morning, Lord--Devotions on the Hope of Glory was published posthumously in 1977.
Dr. Gunn's career as a columnist commenced about 1926 after serving the First Baptist Church of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The messages appeared in a column entitled A Short Sermon for Today, and demonstrated his unique talent to interpret Christian thought in a condensed fashion and in a way that attracted people of many faiths. The column continued for 36 years and then for 15 years more beyond his death.
A remarkable editorial appeared in the newspaper following Dr. Gunn's death.
The following is an excerpt from the bulletin of the First Baptist Church of Fort Wayne, written in 1952:
"Dr. Gunn was our minister from 1917 to 1927. During that decade he wove his way into the heart and affection of throngs of people. Following his retirement from our church, he relinquished the active pastorate due to conditions of health."
"During the many years following he has had one of the most remarkable of all ministries--the ministry of the printed page. He enters more homes, chats with more people every weekday in the year than any minister could ever hope to do. His daily sermons are masterpieces in literature and always convey pointed messages for high and noble living."
"His written work is read by people in all walks of life and of all religious persuasions. Of this good man, Malachi 2:6 and 7 gives us a true picture: "The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity . . he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts."
The Fort Wayne church gave Dr. Gunn the honorary title of Pastor Emeritus.
Some years later, the columns were used as radio meditations by the Protestant Radio Television Center of Atlanta, Georgia. At its peak, there were more than 2,000 stations that carried Dr. Gunn's daily devotionals, and this program continued for about twelve years.